REMEMBERED David Gavin
BREAFFY GAA Club will host visitors from Canada over Christmas as the late David Gavin is remembered.
Breaffy will take on ISSC Vancouver, the team who David played with in Canada prior to his tragic death in 2017, in Breaffy GAA Club’s grounds at Ballyheane on Saturday, December 29.
Male and female members of ISSC Vancouver who are home for the holiday period will join up with ex-members of the club who have returned to live in Ireland, for games against David’s home club in tribute to their former teammate.
Breaffy senior ladies will take on an ISSC Vancouver ladies selection at 1pm while Breaffy’s senior men will play their Vancouver counterparts at 2.30pm.
All teams and supporters will return to Breaffy GAA clubhouse afterwards for refreshments.
All are welcome to attend, and any proceeds from the games will be donated to the RNLI.
David Gavin drowned in Canada in June 2017. An extensive search failed to locate his body in the weeks and months that followed. However, the search resumed earlier this year and his remains were found last April.
A former Mayo Minor and U-21 footballer, David had moved to Canada in early 2017 with his partner, Ciara O’Malley. He was playing Gaelic football with ISSC Vancouver and was en route to a tournament in Calgary, Alberta with teammates to play for ISSC (Irish Sporting and Social GAA Club Vancouver) in the Western Canadian Championships when a group of them stopped for a swim. David got into difficulty after jumping into the water from a bridge. Despite frantic efforts by those who were with him, his body was washed away.
News of the tragedy sparked a huge outpouring of support from all over, particularly from GAA clubs.
“We were overwhelmed by the support we received in the weeks and months that followed,” said Breaffy GAA Club Chairperson Gerry Bourke.
“So many GAA clubs and Gaels all over Ireland and beyond rowed in behind fundraising efforts to assist with the search which was, thankfully, successful earlier this year and which may not have been successful were it not for the huge levels of support we got.
“We got to know so many of the ISSC club during that difficult period and are so grateful for all they did on the ground in Canada to help progress the search and for how they supported David’s family and friends. We’re really looking forward to, in some small way, showing our gratitude by welcoming them to Breaffy and paying tribute to David’s memory,” he said.