Sudden death of popular Newry footballer shocks local community
Newry City Councillor Valerie Harte has spoken of her shock and sadness after the death of popular local footballer Michael McCaughey.
“I was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Mickey McCaughey. I knew Mickey well and I know that many people will feel the passing of this young man keenly, none more so than his family and friends.
Harte added, “Mickey was extremely popular due partly to the fact that he played football for Villa Rovers but also due to his friendly and approachable personality.
“This is a tragedy and I hope that those who love Mickey will find the strength to get through this difficult time.”
Local sports clubs were also coming to terms with the news. Newry City Football Club released a statement expressing their condolences.
“Everyone at Newry City AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family of former player Michael McCaughey who tragically passed away. Michael was a hugely popular player at The Showgrounds during several spells.”
Newry City AFC manager Darren Mullen, who managed Michael last season, said, “Micky was a great lad and a terrific character to have about the team.
“He will be badly missed by all those who knew him and our thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Carnbane League Champions Orchard City Football Club also released a statement. They stated, “How life takes a person from a high to such a low in such a short space of time is incredible.
“The very sad news of the passing away of Michael McCaughey; Carnbane League player for Villa Rovers, friend of our club and more importantly, a true and close friend to a lot of our players, has sent shock waves through our hearts and club.
“Our thoughts our very much with his family at this sad time and also with our players as they come to terms with this tragic loss of a true gentleman and friend. To Villa Rovers we are joint in grief with you and cannot begin to imagine what you are going through right now.
“But let it be known that we are thinking of you all. May he rest in peace,” the statement added.
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