LEAGUE CHAMPIONS Breaffy captain Aidan O’Shea lifts the Mayo GAA Senior League Division 1A cup after being presented with the trophy by Seán MacÉil of the Mayo GAA Board.
AN emotional Aidan O'Shea dedicated Breaffy's Division 1A league success last Sunday afternoon to his teammate David Gavin, who drowned in Canada last June.
Mr Gavin's body has still not been found after he got into difficulty in a lake in British Colombia on June 30.
He was a friend of O'Shea's since they were in national school together, and a Breaffy team-mate until last year, prior to David emigrating to Canada with his partner Ciara.
Speaking after accepting the Mayo Senior League Division 1A cup, Mayo star O'Shea paid a heartfelt tribute to Gavin and to Faye Lavin, the 12-year-old Breaffy ladies player who took ill after a game last May, and died shortly after. It was just over a month before David Gavin drowned.
"From the Breaffy club it has been a difficult year for this group. For the club itself we lost Faye Lavin, a young girl in the club, and we also lost a clubmate and a great friend of ours, David Gavin," said O'Shea.
"We got a tree planted for him in Lough Lannagh and I was hoping it would be a Moclair (Cup) but, unfortunately it might just have to be this cup for this year so I'd like to dedicate this cup to him.
"He represented everything that was good about Gaelic football, not just Breaffy but guys from Knockmore would have played against him as well. A lovely fella, a great footballer and one we'll dearly miss so I want to dedicate this to him," said O'Shea to warm applause in Knockmore.
The All Star nominee also paid tribute to the Breaffy players, managers and club officers before looking forward to the stag and wedding of Knockmore goalkeeper Aidan Kilcoyne in the coming weeks.
O'Shea played with All-Ireland under-21 winner Kilcoyne for Mayo in the early years of the Breaffy man's inter-county career.
"We'll have a bit of craic over the winter months and go back at it again next year."