Five thousand people signed books of condolences at the funeral of the late Eamon Carroll last week.
Players and officials from GAA clubs all over the county came to express their sympathy Mr Joe Carroll, father of Eamon, invited the young garda officer who had been driving the patrol car involved in the fatal accident to the Carroll home.
In many ways, these expressions of empathy and understanding of others made the tragedy all the more real for friends, neighbours, colleagues and former colleagues.
Joe Carroll spoke lovingly and proudly of Eamon.
“We are proud of him,” he said.
“He was kind, and he was generous. He enjoyed football and golf, and it wasn’t just in sport that he set out to enjoy and give his best.
“In all the years in was in Dublin, both as a student and then in his profession, he did us proud and he did himself proud.”
Eamon’s family were particularly proud of his professional achievements.
Eamon was educated at Bellurgan NS and Colaiste Rís Dundalk. He was a graduate in business studies from Dublin City University and worked in the banking sector as a financial advisor with EBS in Dublin.
He had just been awarded his certificate as a qualified financial adviser having been successful his final examninations earlier this year.