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Sad passing Young soldier who died while on holiday in Spain to be laid to rest in Co Clare on Sunday

'I had the privilege of teaching Gerard and he was a pleasant and unassuming young man who had a smile for everyone'

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RIP Private Gerard McMahon

RIP Private Gerard McMahon

RIP Private Gerard McMahon

A young soldier who died while on holiday in Spain will be laid to rest in Co Clare on Sunday. 

Private Gerard McMahon (24) who had a “smile for everyone” passed away in a tragic accident on Friday.

The Co Clare soldier who was hailed as an integral member of his unit that served with distinction had just returned from a six-month mission, serving as a peacekeeper in Syria.

Originally from Killaloe in Co Clare, he was based in Galway in the Dún Uí Mhaolíosa Barracks and joined the Defence Forces in January 2017.

He completed his recruit training in Collins Barracks, Cork as part of the 144th Recruit Platoon.

Pte McMahon was posted to the Chéad Chathlán Coisithe (1st Infantry Battalion) in Galway once his training was completed.

Lieutenant Colonel Damien Murphy stated: “As Officer Commanding, and on behalf of all members of An Chéad Chathlán Coisithe and Óglaigh na hÉireann, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, loved ones and many friends of Private Gerard McMahon.

“Ger was an integral part of 1 Cn Cois where he served with distinction both at home and overseas. He had just returned home from a six-month tour of duty with the 63rd Infantry Group in Syria.

“He will be sorely missed by all of his friends, comrades and colleagues serving in Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa, Gaillimh. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”

As well as a skilled marksman, winning Brigade and All Army competitions during his military career, Private McMahon was also a keen sportsman playing hurling, Gaelic football and rugby.

The Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Seán Clancy, and Defence Minister Simon Coveney conveyed their condolences to Private McMahon’s family.

His death notice on RIP.ie states that Private McMahon was a valued member of the 1st Infantry Battalion Dún Uí Mhaolíasa Barracks, Galway.

“He was also part of the 63rd Infantry Group in Syria,” it reads. “Gerard will be sadly missed by his heartbroken parents Pat and Carmel, his cherished sister Bríd, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended McMahon and Mullin family and of course his military family, his wide circle of friends and neighbours.”

Gerard will be reposing in St Mary's Church, Ballyloughnane, Ogonnelloe on Saturday, October 30, from 2pm until 5pm.

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“However, from 5pm till 6pm the family ask all of Gerard's close friends to sit and stay with him and spend some time together,” the notice adds.

Funeral Mass on Sunday, October 31 at 1pm will be followed by burial afterwards in New Cemetery, Ogonnelloe.

Numerous messages of sympathy have been left in the condolences section with one person writing: “Our deepest condolences to Pat Carmel and Brid, extended families, relatives, neighbours and friends and work colleagues on the misfortune accident that caused the untimely passing of Gerard and to all who mourn for him.”

Another added: “Sincere condolences to Carmel, Pat and Brid and to their extended families and to Gerard's friends and army colleagues on the sad passing of Gerard.

“I had the privilege of teaching Gerard and he was a pleasant and unassuming young man who had a smile for everyone.

“Some time back I met Gerard outside St Mary's Church and had the most pleasant conversation about life in the army and his memories of school.

“He had grown into a fine young man and his loss will be deeply felt by all who knew him.”

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