Roscommon County Board Chairperson Seamus Sweeney has led the tributes to the late Morgan Keena of Clann na nGael GAA Club who passed away on Saturday morning.
The 41-year-old referee suffered a heart attack two weeks ago just as he was about to take charge of an U-17 challenge game between Roscommon and Dublin in his native Johnstown.
The late Morgan Keena was one of the county’s up and coming match officials, taking charge of last year’s replayed intermediate football final between Tulsk and Oran — the first championship match in the county to be decided by a penalty shootout.
“It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Morgan Keena this morning (Saturday). Morgan took ill at Johnstown, home of his beloved Clann na nGael GAA Club, with whom he had played from underage right up to adult level, on Saturday, February 8th.
“Morgan Keena was one of our top referees and it is really is hard to believe that a young fit man like Morgan should be taken from us in his prime.
“On behalf of Roscommon GAA, I extend our sympathies to his wife Laura; daughters Hazel and Chloe; parents Pat and Maura; brothers Mike, Martin and Paddy, and his sisters Patricia, Mary, Sarah and Helen at this sad time,” said Mr. Sweeney.
Hundreds of mourners paid their respects at the Clann na nGael clubhouse in Johnstown on Sunday afternoon. Funeral Mass will take place on Monday at 11 a.m..