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19th Apr 2022

Tributes paid to young Cavan GAA player Leah Farrelly


Tributes are rolling in for a young Cavan GAA player who tragically died last week.

Leah Farrelly will be laid to rest on Tuesday after she sadly passed away on Friday.

According to her page, Leah passed away “unexpectedly” but “peacefully” at her home in Drumina, Virginia on Good Friday.

The devastating post continues: “Much loved and cherished daughter of Dessie and Nuala and adored sister of Grace.”

It adds that she will be “deeply regretted and sadly missed” by her family and friends, especially those in Lurgan Ladies, East Cavan Eagles basketball, Indian Tandoori Virginia, Park Ri Kells and her college friends and staff in TU GrangeGorman.

Leah was studying at Technological University Dublin and had been playing football with the Lurgan Ladies GFC as well as playing basketball with the East Cavan Eagles.

According to The Anglo Celt, Leah was diagnosed with Long QT syndrome (LQTS) in 2013 and had been attending the Centre for Cardiac Risk in the Young Persons (CRYP).

Her family has asked that rather than flowers being sent, they would like donations to be made to the Cry unit in Tallaght.

LQTS is a heart rhythm condition that causes fast and chaotic heartbeats and can trigger a person to suddenly faint, suffer from seizures or in some devastating cases, it can lead to death.

Lurgan Ladies GFC shared a tribute, saying: “Our hearts are broken as we offer our sincerest sympathies to Dessie, Nuala & Grace and their families on the sudden passing of Leah.

“Words fail us. May Leah Rest in Peace.”

East Cavan Eagles Basketball Club wrote: “It is with shock and deep sadness that we announce the sudden death of Senior ladies player Leah Farrelly.

“Leah played basketball from underage up to senior and was a valued member of our Eagles club. Our thoughts and prayers are with Desi, Nuala and her sister Grace.”

Her employer, Park Rí wrote: “It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of Leah Farrelly who passed away peacefully at her home in Virginia, Cavan on Friday April 15th.

“Leah was one of our colleagues here in Park Rí, working part-time with the Supermacs Team. We are all devastated to hear this sad news and offer our heartfelt condolences to her Father Dessie, Mother Nuala, sister Grace, the wider family, friends and work colleagues.

“Please keep Leah, her parents and sister in your prayers at this sad time. May Leah’s gentle soul rest in peace..”