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Crossmaglen in shock after player's death

James Hughes died in the early hours of Sunday morning in Dundalk shooting.

Crossmaglen players met at the clubhouse last night. File photo.
Crossmaglen players met at the clubhouse last night. File photo.
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CROSSMAGLEN RANGERS, ONE of the country’s most successful GAA clubs, have today paid tribute to player James Hughes who was shot in the early hours of Sunday morning in Dundalk.

Hughes, 35, was celebrating with teammates from the South Armagh club, who won a ninth Ulster title a fortnight  ago.

Club members and players last night  gathered in the clubhouse to remember their friend in prayer.

A statement from the club reads: “The committee, players and members of Crossmaglen Rangers GFC are shocked and saddened by the untimely death of our friend and colleague James and along with the entire local community are devastated at this tragic event.

“James was a valued and committed member of our club, part of our successful senior team panel for over 10 years, he won three All-Ireland club medals and more recently captained our seconds team to league success in 2010.  He will be sadly missed by all of his friends and colleagues within the club.

“We extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam.”

Two other people – a female, and the man driving their taxi – were shot in the incident, which occurred in the Lis na Dara housing estate in the town before 4am yesterday morning.

A 32-year-old, being questioned by the Gardaí over the attack, presented himself to Carrickmacross Garda Station.  He is being detained under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, meaning he can be held for up to a week before being charged or released.

Hughes had been a longstanding member of the famous club, having been part of the club’s All-Ireland winning senior team in 2000.

- additional reporting Gavan Reilly

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