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Tributes pour in after former Tyrone goalkeeper dies aged 33

Jonathan Curran won an All-Ireland under Mickey Harte in 2008.

Jonathan Curran in action for Tyrone during the 2010 league.
Jonathan Curran in action for Tyrone during the 2010 league.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

TYRONE GAA ARE mourning the death of former county goalkeeper Jonathan Curran who died today at the age of 33. 

RTÉ Sport reported that he felt unwell at his home this morning and was brought to Craigavon Area Hospital where he passed away.

Curran won three Ulster SFC titles and was sub goalkeeper when Tyrone lifted the All-Ireland in 2008. He also won an All-Ireland minor crown in 2004, starting on the team alongside Colm Cavanagh. 

The Dungannon-based hairdresser departed the Tyrone panel in 2012 citing family commitments.

He won a Tyrone SFC title with Na Fianna Coalisland in 2010 and also played soccer with Dungannon Swifts during his sporting career.

A minute’s silence was held before today’s Division 1 game between Tyrone and Donegal in Ballybofey. Speaking before the game, Red Hand boss Mickey Harte said, “We’re all shocked by it.

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“It was five years ago, we played a league game in Omagh and we had to call on Johnny to stand in. He did it without a whimper. He was on our panel for a number of years. Really energetic, enthusiastic, a lovely lad. 

“I’m just so sorry for him and his family. That’s what matters most: the family. They’re the people that will have to live with this for the rest of their lives, the rest of us will be shocked today but the shock will pass on and they’ll live with the rest of their lives. We give our prayers and thoughts to them.”

Dungannon Swifts also paid tribute to Curran, writing on Facebook: “Dungannon Swifts FC are devastated at the news that our former player Johnny Curran has passed away. Johnny was always on hand if we ever needed him and he was always more than happy to help.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his partner Clodagh, his two boys and to his wider family circle. Rest in Peace Johnny.”

He is survived by his wife Clodagh and sons Darsái and Neasan, parents Anthony and Alicia, and siblings Louise and Stephen. 

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