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18th Dec 2023

Tributes pour in following death of underage GAA star

Simon Kelly

gaa star tributes

“A laid-back lad with a kind soul.”

Tributes have poured in following the death of underage GAA star Frank James McCaffrey.

The youngster from Portadown, Co. Armagh, passed away on Sunday, December 17. His GAA club, Tír na nÓg, were one of the first to lead the tributes.

Frank was a member of the Portadown club, where he affectionately became known as ‘Frank the Tank’ after starring at various underage levels.

He was also a key player on the club’s U14 double championship-winning and U16.5 championship-winning teams.

Portadown GAA club lead tributes to young star

A statement from the club tonight read: “The committee, members, players and coaches of Tír na nÓg are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Frank James McCaffrey.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to Frank James’ mother Jean, father Francis, sisters Hayley and Rosa, cousins and players Joe, Tom and Sam and the entire family circle.

“Frank James, fondly referred to by his teammates as ‘Frank the Tank’ was a formidable forward and a key player on our U14 double championship winning and U16.5 championship winning teams.

“Frank always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye and provided the craic on many an away day with his team. A laid-back lad with a kind soul, who did his talking on the pitch.

“Frank James, we will remember you fondly. #ForeverYoung Mary, Queen of the Gael, Pray for him.”

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