Kerry GAA in mourning following death of former footballer in South America

Patrick Curtin made six appearances for the Kingdom

Kerry GAA in mourning following death of former footballer in South America

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News is coming through this morning of the untimely death of a former Kerry footballer following a road fatality abroad. 

Paddy Curtin, who last played for the Kingdom in 2013, died from serious head injuries after he was in a car crash on Christmas week in Guatemala.

The Moyvane clubman was initially treated in Florida before being transferred to a hospital in Florida where he unfortunately died surrounded by family members who quickly flew out to be by his side.

Curtin was working for a Kerry based company in South America. He played inter-county football for Kerry at all levels and was a full-forward in 2012 and 2013.

A statement was posted on the Kerry GAA website this morning to commemorate the loss of Paddy Curtin.

'It is with deep regret that Kerry GAA has learned of the death of Patrick Curtin of Moyvane.

The 26 year old was injured in an accident while working in Guatemala before Christmas and was subsequently airlifted to Hospital in Miami where he passed away earlier today.

Patrick played in all grades of intercounty football with Kerry; He played Minor in 2006 and 2007, Under 21 in 2009 and 2010, Junior in 2009 and made his Senior Championship debut against Tipperary in 2012 having made his League debut earlier that year against Dublin.
In all, Patrick made 6 Championship and 10 League appearances for the Kingdom.
Kerry GAA extends its deepest sympathy to his family, friends and work colleagues and also to his Club, Moyvane.

Kerry GAA also extends its sympathy to the family of Der O'Connor of Tarbert who has passed away. Der was a former Chairman of the North Kerry Board.

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