Published Sunday, 25 November 2012
Ryan Doyle died in Australia. (© UTV)
The 25-year-old from Leitrim, outside Castlewellan was a keen gaelic player and had been living in Australia for three years.
On Sunday an event was held at Bryansford GAC where donations were collected and a book of condolence was opened for the public to leave their tributes.
Ronan McVeigh, chairman of the club said he was approached by members who wanted to help in anyway they could.
He said it was encouraging to see the support shown from the people in the area.
"Today we thought we should organise this event for the Doyle family for the time that they're in and to give our support," he said.
Benji Ward, Down GAA Ladies manager, who was at the event said the GAA community wanted to offer support.
"We're a big community and we like to help," he said.
"With emigration so high at the minute, you just feel that could be one of us and this is our way of saying look we hope things work out for you and we will do all we can."
Liatroim Fontenoys GAC, in Mr Doyle's home village, also hosted a fundraising event later on Sunday.
Ryan was well respected in the area, he was a well known sportsman, and the tragic news of Ryan's death has hit everybody's hearts.
Paul Gribben, SF councillor
Ronan and Kevin, Mr Doyle's brothers who are based in Australia, are leading the efforts in the country. Collections, a charity football match and an auction of sports memorabilia have all been held.
Over 5,000 people have joined a tribute page for the late gaelic player and have left messages of support and enquiries of how to help raise the funds needed, thought to be approximately £30,000.
Paul Gribben, Sinn Féin councillor for Dromore said: "There's a big effort going on now at the minute to fundraise through Australia, they're organising fundraising events to try and raise money to try and bring Ryan's body back home to Ireland."
He said the community efforts have been "humbling" for his family as so many have donated or volunteered to help.
He added: "His mother and his father, his brothers and his sister are standing together at this minute and time."
Mr Doyle was killed after getting a taxi home in the early hours of last Monday in the Belmont area of Perth.
It is thought he had been involved in a dispute with the taxi driver over the fare.
The 26-year-old driver has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, failing to stop and render assistance and failing to report, Perth Now has reported.
The family hope that Ryan's remains will be brought home to Northern Ireland in a week.
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