Tributes pour in for Irish GAA referee and Garda David Hannon after his sudden death

Tributes pour in for Irish GAA referee and Garda David Hannon after his sudden death

TRIBUTES have been paid to a GAA referee who passed away suddenly on Monday night.

David Hannon – who was also a member of An Garda Síochána – was remembered with a post on Westmeath GAA’s Facebook page.

“With our deepest regret we have to bring you the awful news that Ballymore and Fr Dalton’s clubman David Hannon has died tragically on Monday,” the club said.

“The referee and member of An Garda Síochána was liked by all who met him and was a down-to-earth and sincere man.

“To his wife, children, extended family and large circle of friends and work colleagues, we extend our deepest sympathies.”

Mr Hannon was well-known in GAA circles having refereed in both hurling and football.

The Mullingar native, who was in his 30s, had been progressing on the inter-county scene, taking charge of this year's Leinster U17 hurling championship match between Dublin and Offaly.

He was due to referee the clash between Brownstown and St Brigid’s at Cusack Park On Tuesday evening, where a minute’s silence was held in his memory before the throw-in.

“With David around you can be certain that heaven will be a safer and better place,” Westmeath GAA added.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

Fellow ref Richie Fitzsimons said on Facebook: “Rest in peace David, a gentleman and glad to say I had the pleasure of officiating with you.”

Meanwhile Conor McKenna added: “RIP David Hannon. Absolute gentleman and personal friend of mine. Great promising young referee. May he rest in peace.”

Mr Hannon’s funeral will take place on Friday, August 4 at 11am in St Peter’s Church, Little Bray.

It will be followed by a burial in the nearby Shanganagh cemetery.

The family have asked for any donations, if desired, to be made to Pieta House.