Community fundraising to bring Ryan home

Published Sunday, 25 November 2012
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The GAA community is helping to raise funds to repatriate Co Down man Ryan Doyle, who died in hospital in Australia.

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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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Billy in Belfast wrote (512 days ago):
the GAA are a rich organisation , dont see what the problem is....get out cheque-book...write cheque..give to family..end of story.
Jamesbelfast in Belfast wrote (513 days ago):
It is sad to hear of anyones death and my sympathies are with the next of kin and friends. The cost of flying a body of a loved is never cheap due to certain restrictions by the transport companies and international laws. Also human remains have to be specially packed for obvious health and safety reasons. In my opinion it is in poor taste to comment about the cost - surely the family are suffering enough as it is. This is neither the time or place to comment on such matters. May this young man rest in peace and may he lie in his home soil as soon as possible
eileen henry in fermanagh wrote (514 days ago):
totally agree with Barry's comment, its disgraceful that authorities in Australia can charge this outrageous amount of money to bring Mr Doyle (R.I.P) home to his beloved family, he is tragically killed in Australia and a man is charged with causing his death by dangerous driving, then it should be the authorities in Australia that should be paying the money to this young man home asap, and if the family have to pay, then it should be a normal price, but i feel very strongly that his family are going through enough at this moment and time with their unimaginable loss, without having to worry about the cost of bringing him home, thanks to the generosity of all his friends in Australia and at home here in northern ireland that have rallied round and hopefully will be able to bring Mr Doyle home to his heartbroken family. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
barry in derry wrote (514 days ago):
its an absolute joke that costs £30k to bring a loved one home if they've passed away in these circumstances. Should be no such thing as this extraordinary cost it should be standard prices if even. prayers & thoughts are with the family. RIP
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