Ryan Straney: “An absolute gentleman and a true Gael” - Lámh Dhearg pay emotional tribute to talented dual player after tragic death in Australia

Ryan Straney
Ryan Straney -Credit:Lámh Dhearg GAC

Lámh Dhearg GAC have posted an emotional and heartfelt tribute to Ryan Straney who was killed in a road traffic accident in Australia on Monday.

The 27-year-old was a talented dual player for the Hannahstown club died after being involved in a collision on Sydney’s M1 Pacific Motorway

The accident occurred when a 96-year-old man reportedly drove the wrong way down the motorway and collided with three other vehicles with Ryan Straney driving one of the vehicles involved.

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The Belfast man died at the scene and police in New South Wales have launched an investigation into the crash.

In a statement posted on social media, Lámh Dhearg described Ryan as “an absolute gentleman and a true Gael” and said his untimely passing his a huge loss to the entire community.

"It is with deep regret to inform you that Ryan Straney, esteemed former player and member, has sadly passed away in a road traffic accident in Australia,” the statement read.

"Ryan was a talented dual player. He was a life-long, loyal and a much valued and dedicated member from a family synonymous with the club.

“Ryan was an absolute gentleman and a true Gael. He was a very popular member and player among his peers and teammates.

"Coaches always found Ryan a pleasure to coach and manage as he was honest, always smiling and willing to learn and improve. Ryan was very intelligent, unassuming and always had time for you. He was a very considerate, caring and pleasant young man.

"Ryan played for the club since his early childhood and served the club with distinction and wore the club jersey with immense pride.

“He enjoyed a successful dual juvenile career and his ability and positive attitude saw him represent the county in Development squads and at minor. Unfortunately a bad run of serious injuries hampered Ryan’s promising senior football and hurling careers as he sustained a broken ankle and two ACL injuries and their toll forced him to retire early.

"Two highlights from his distinguished career was his accuracy from frees and open play inspiring the club to the County Minor B Championship football title in 2013. On his senior debut he scored a hat-trick of superb goals and two points.”

Lámh Dhearg’s statement continued: “After his retirement Ryan got involved in coaching senior hurlers and underage football teams using his astute knowledge to building up a strong rapport with his teams as he helped nurture their skills.

Ryan Straney played both hurling and football for Lámh Dhearg
Ryan Straney played both hurling and football for Lámh Dhearg -Credit:Lámh Dhearg GAC

"Ryan was also a very talented golfer and in recent years relished playing in the club’s popular Golf Classic at his home club Balmoral.

"Ryan's sad passing will be a huge loss to his family, friends, club and community. The best way to honour Ryan is to remember the many good times when his company enriched our lives with his affable personality.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents Vincent and Sharon, brothers Declan and Callum and grandparents Geordie and Theresa Fegan and his family circle at this sad and difficult time. May Ryan rest in peace . In ar gcroíthe go deo. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis."

Former Antrim captain and Lámh Dhearg stalwart Paddy Cunningham posted on social media: "A ridiculous talent in anything he put his hand too - massive loss to his friends, our club and community he will be sorely missed."

Several other GAA clubs in Antrim also added their condolences to Ryan’s family and friends.

Erin’s Own Cargin posted; “Condolences to all at Lámh Dhearg on the passing of Ryan Straney. Thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and club mates at this difficult time. May Ryan Rest in Peace.”

O’Donovan Rossa wrote: “O’Donovan Rossa would like to extend their sincere condolences to all of our friends at Lámh Dhearg CLG. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this extremely difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

St Brigid’s GAC Belfast posted: “Everyone at Naomh Bríd would like to pass on their deepest condolences to the Straney family and all at Lámh Dhearg CLG on the sudden passing of dual player Ryan Straney. A talented young Gael taken far too soon. RIP Ryan" while St Patrick's Lisburn added: “We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to the family, friends & members of Lámh Dhearg CLG on the tragic passing of their senior player Ryan Straney in Australia."

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