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'Deeply sad' Marty Morrissey pays tribute to 'brilliant' GAA star Kate Moran after tragic death

Kate Moran (21) died on Tuesday night after sustaining a head injury during a club match between Athenry and Ardrahan on Monday.

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Kate Moran

A young camogie player who died after sustaining a head injury on the pitch has been remembered as “brilliant” by RTÉ sports commentator Marty Morrissey.

Kate Moran (21) from Monivea, Co. Galway, initially walked away from an accidental collision on the pitch during a club match between Athenry and Ardrahan on Monday before collapsing and losing consciousness.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and attended to the player before bringing her to University Hospital Galway where she was pronounced dead yesterday evening.

The NUIG commerce student was a prominent player for several Galway underage teams and comes from a GAA-focused family.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland on Wednesday, GAA commentator Marty Morrissey offered his condolences to the Moran family and the local community in Galway.

“Our deepest sympathies go to Kate Moran’s family, Mary and Cathal, steeped in hurling… Kate was a brilliant, brilliant camogie player. She won two All-Ireland under 16 medals,” he said.

“Our deepest sympathies to her brother Thady and her sisters Leah and Saoirse following this accidental collision in a camogie match in Ardrahan.

“Our hearts go out to everyone in Athenry, all the community because they will be heartbroken over this very unfortunate accident. We pass on our sympathies to the Moran family.”

Ryan Tubridy also spoke about Ms Moran’s death on his RTÉ Radio One show, where he described the incident as “tragic and cruel.”

He said: “It’s deeply sad, deeply tragic and cruel. I’m thinking of her family this morning… because that is not fair and not right. Sending all the condolences and love to the Moran family this Wednesday morning.”

Athenry Camogie Club last night paid tribute to Ms Moran as a "tremendous role model" and a "wonderful leader with a bubbly personality".

"Today we learned of the death of our dear clubmate, Kate Moran," it said.

"This is a terrible tragedy for her family, our club and our community. We are deeply saddened by these events.

"Our sympathy and thoughts are with the Moran family and friends. Kate will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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"Kate began playing with Athenry Camogie Club at underage level and quickly progressed to Senior A level with great distinction. She holds a Féile, Minor County and Intermediate County title. She played in a club All-Ireland Intermediate final.

"She won two All-Irelands at U16 level with Galway, both titles she was incredibly proud of.

"She was a tremendous role model for our many underage players and a wonderful leader both on and off the field of play.

"Her bubbly personality will be remembered for eternity."

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