There is widespread sadness at the death of Adrian Kelly from Ballaghmore, a highly-regarded member of An Garda Síochána.
Adrian was stationed in Borris-in-Ossory where he was highly-regarded and well-known in the area and heavily involved with the Kyle GAA club.
Originally from Killoscully in Co Tipperary, Adrian passed away in Milford Hospice in Limerick.
Adrian is pre-deceased by his baby son David and mother-in-law Pauline.
He is deeply regretted by his loving wife Maria, daughters Sarah and Emma, his parents Geraldine and Tommy, brothers Desmond, Thomas, Alan and Mark, father-in-law Noel, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives, work colleagues, good neighbours and large circle of friends.
He was heavily involved in community life and Kyle GAA club have paid a heartfelt tribute on social media.
“All in Kyle GAA are devastated at the passing of our beloved club member, our juvenile trainer, our team mate and most importantly our friend Adrian Kelly,” they said.
“Adrian came to us from Killoscully in Tipperary and enhanced the club with his natural hurling ability and his positive mindset and attitude.
“Devoted husband of Maria and wonderful father to Sarah and Emma, he brought a energy to the club which transcended to each member and was inspirational to all, especially the younger generation who looked up to him.
“Adrian became ill over the last few years but never gave up and battled all the way, just like his endeavours on the hurling pitch.
“He was captain of our league winning side in 2009 and also was part of our championship winning side in the same year; despite coming off injured in the final.
“He was also a progressive member of the club and served on the top table for a few years.
“He did return to Ballinahinch for a couple of years to hurl with his brothers Desmond, Thomas, Alan and Mark before returning to us again, always under the proud watchful eyes of parents Geraldine and Tommy.
“His last match was only last year in our championship semi final in Portlaoise.
“He was a hard working Garda who was well liked by all his colleagues. He also gave up his free time to help coach in our local Gaelscoil and would have been a very proud Daddy as Sarah only recently was part of a victorious Cumann na mBunscoil side.