There is a huge sadness around Laois today with the news of the death of Will Sherlock, a young man aged only in his mid 40s.
From Eyne outside Portlaoise, Will had been battling illness for the past couple of years.
A giant of a man and universally popular, Will worked as a prison officer in Portlaoise.
He was synonymous with Portlaoise Rugby Club, with whom he played for more than 30 years. He was a former captain of the club and a Towns Cup winner in 2003.
He first joined the club as a young boy and went to play at all levels up until he got sick in recent years.
He was a hugely respected figure across all sections of the club and as well as playing, he regularly put his shoulder to the wheel in club activities off the pitch.
Will is survived by his wife Helen (nee Mulhare) and young children Ella, Billy, and Leah.
Predeceased by his dad Mick, Will is also mourned by mother Ann, brothers John, Patrick, Michael and Mark and sister Roseann.
He will be sadly missed by his aunt Bridie, sister-in-laws Louise, Miriam, Roisin and Una, brothers-in-law Gearóid, Des and Seamus, father and mother in law, Michael and Teresa, nieces and nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends including those in Portlaoise Rugby Club and The Irish Prison Service.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later. May Will Rest in Peace.
SEE ALSO – 2017 LaoisToday interview with Will Sherlock on his involvement with Portlaoise Rugby Club