Every now and then, life has that innate ability to knock the wind out of your sails. The news on Friday night of the untimely death of Shane Mulholland was one of those such occasions.
All Fermanagh Gaels across both adult and youth sections have been totally shocked and saddened to learn of the death of the Lisbellaw and Fermanagh hurler.
And while Fermanagh and Shane’s club Lisbellaw are mourning the loss of one of its most gifted talents, the loss pales to insignificance when one contemplates the sorrow of the Mulholland and Gilheaney families who have lost a husband, father, son, grandson, brother and friend.
The thoughts and most heartfelt sympathies of Fermanagh Gaels are foremost with Shane’s wife Vanessa, daughter Aisling and entire family circle at this moment in time.
Shane’s hugely attended funeral mass on Tuesday, which reflected the high regard felt for him, took place in St Ninnadh’s Parish Church in Derrylin.
Shane was heavily involved with sport and hurling was his real love where he played with Loughgiel Shamrocks in Antrim before he met Vanessa and moved to Fermanagh and transferring to Lisbellaw Hurling club.
His untimely death has robbed Fermanagh GAA of a precious talent that was years away from approaching his prime. We have lost a gifted individual, but ultimately a family has lost its loved one and it is to them that the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Fermanagh GAA go out to at this time.
Rest In Peace Shane x
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam