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Emotional O'Shea pays tribute to lost clubmates as Breaffy end difficult year on a positive note

The Mayo star held back the tears as he gave a powerful speech.

Aidan O'Shea in action for Breaffy (file pic).
Aidan O'Shea in action for Breaffy (file pic).
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

MAYO STAR AIDAN O’Shea captained his club Breaffy to a league title yesterday.

They beat Knockmore to claim the Division 1A crown, and cap a year in which they were surprisingly knocked out of the championship at the quarter-final stage by Claremorris.

The game finished 1-11 to 0-12, as the west Mayo outfit ended the year on a positive note.

Afterwards, the two-time All-Star made an emotional speech in which he remembered his friend and team-mate David Gavin, and 12-year-old Faye Lavin in a tough year for the club.

He dedicated the silverware to 26-year-old Gavin, who went missing in Canada after going swimming with friends.

“It was a difficult year for this group, for the club itself,” O’Shea said.

“We lost Faye Lavin, a young girl in the club, and we also lost a clubmate, and great friend of ours, David Gavin.

“He represented everything that is good about gaelic football,” he continued, holding back the tears.

“Not just Breaffy, but guys from Knockmore will have played against him as well. He was a lovely fella, a great footballer and one that we will dearly miss.”

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