The soccer and Gaelic communities of Sligo were in shock last week at the sudden and tragic death of Sligoman Shane Gilroy, a well known Gaelic footballer, junior soccer player and brother for former Sligo Rovers and Irish Youth player Keith Gilroy.At Saturday’s televised Airtricity League match between Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers, a minute’s applause was observed as a mark of respect for Shane’s passing. Members of his family were in the Showgrounds to witness the honour. Shane had been a staunch Sligo Rovers supporter himself.
Shane’s Calry St Joseph’s clubmate Tim Hynes wrote a moving tribute to the 25-year-old:
“Shane was truly one of natures gentlemen and his outstanding personal qualities endeared him to his many friends who were all shocked and saddened at his sudden death.
“He has left an indelible mark on all who knew him in his short stay amongst us. We are all enriched for having known Shane and are the poorer for his passing.
“We offer our sincere condolences to Shane’s mother Mary and father John , his brothers Keith, Trevor and Jason and sister Aisling and all his relations and friends. They can justly remember him with pride and affection.”
Shane’s funeral, attended by teammates, family and a very wide circle of friends, was held in St Joseph’s Church, Ballytivnan on Thursday last.
He was buried afterwards at Sligo Cemetery.