PASSION AND PRIDE The late Adam Mulchrone had really made his mark as one of Westport Utd's top performers over the last number of seasons.
‘Devastation’ and ‘heartbreak’ after death of Adam Mulchrone (21)
AN air of sadness and shock is hanging over the town of Westport this week after the sudden death of local soccer star Adam Mulchrone.
The 21 year old was training with Westport United last Saturday evening ahead of the club’s Connacht Cup clash with Carbury FC, Co Sligo, which was due to take place on Sunday afternoon. However, he later took seriously ill and passed away on Sunday at Mayo University Hospital.
It is believed the cause of death was meningococcal meningitis, with the HSE West confirming on Monday afternoon that it is aware of a death in the western region from the disease.
Adam was a student in IT Sligo and a highly talented footballer for his local club Westport United. Interim manager of Westport United, Padraig Burns, said the team is ‘heartbroken’ after the loss of their teammate.
“There are no words that can come close to describing the feeling of devastation and heartbreak in our team,” he said in a statement issued to The Mayo News. “We trained on Saturday and Adam was with us, and we were looking forward to a big Connacht Cup game on Sunday, and then everything just paled into insignificance when we heard what had happened Adam.
“He was just the most genuine, decent and such a respectful young man, who we all loved dearly. He was a quiet young man but when he got onto a football pitch he did his talking with his boots.
“Adam was one of the most skillful and technically accomplished footballers that I had the pleasure of working with, and I have no doubt that he would have gone on to have had a hugely distinguished career with Westport United.”
Westport United Chairperson Myles Staunton expressed the club’s sympathies to Adam’s family, describing him as a ‘very special member’ of the club.
“The club is shocked and deeply saddened to hear this terrible news,” he said. “Naturally, the players and the backroom staff of our Super League team are devastated, and the club will provide all the help and support it can to help the players come to terms with this terrible news.
“On behalf of all of our club members and the close-knit family of Westport United, I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Adam’s family and wish to assure them that Adam will always be remembered as a very special member of our club.”
Mayo Football League Chairman Gerry Sweeney, who interviewed Adam at the Mayo League Dinner Dance in 2017 when he was nominated for the Young Footballer of the Year Award, said his death is an ‘unimaginable’ loss.
“On behalf of everyone associated with the Mayo Football League, the Mayo soccer family and indeed myself personally, I want to extend sincere condolences to the Mulchrone family on the the sudden death of Adam,” he told The Mayo News. “To everyone involved with his club, Westport United, all we can do is offer you our thoughts and prayers at this extremely difficult time.
“To be taken from this life so suddenly and at such a young age is truly devastating. Adam was a finalist in the Mayo League’s Young Player of the Year Award two seasons ago and was indeed an accomplished performer. His loss to his family, friends and Westport teammates is unimaginable. We are all behind them at this sad time. May he forever rest in peace.”
Adam is mourned by his grieving parents, Paul and Mary, brother Colin, and sister, Amy.
Adam will repose at McGing’s Funeral Home, Westport on Wednesday evening from 5pm until 7pm. Requiem Mass is in St Mary’s Church, Westport on Thursday afternoon at 2pm with the funeral proceeding to Aughagower cemetery.
As a mark of respect to the Mulchrone family and Adam’s friends, team-mates and everyone associated with Westport United, the club’s development committee have decided to postpone the ‘Stars in their Eyes’ fundraising show, due to take place this Saturday night, to a later date to be confirmed in February. Any tickets purchased can be used at the rescheduled show or can be refunded in full from the location they were purchased. Although not officially confirmed at the time of going to press, it is expected that Westport Utd’s FAI Junior Cup tie, away to Peake Villa of Thurles, due to take place this Sunday afternoon, will be postponed to a later date.
THE HSE West has confirmed it is aware of a death at the weekend from suspected meningococcal meningitis in the western region and that it is following up to ensure that all appropriate public health measures are taken. The HSE have advised that if anyone has any concerns, they should contact their GP in the first instance but ensure that prompt medical expertise is sought. Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, which is the name given to the layer of tissue covering the brain and spinal cord.
The HSE West stated: “The most common cause of bacterial meningitis in Ireland is Neisseria meningitidis (also known as meningococcus). Other bacteria also cause this disease, including bacteria that are not notifiable to the HSE. Signs and symptoms of meningitis / meningococcal disease may include fever (sometimes with cold hands and feet), joint or muscle pain, rapid breathing, severe headaches, drowsiness, discomfort from bright light, neck stiffness, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhoea. A non-blanching rash may appear which may be tiny red pin pricks that may develop to purple bruises. This rash does not fade under pressure and develops late in the course of the illness."
A HPSC meningitis fact sheet is available at: www.hpsc.ie.