Aodhan Gillen death: How did the Dundela football player die? Cause of death and obituary


 Aodhan Gillen death: How did the Dundela football player die? Cause of death and obituary

Player Aodhán Gillen’s terrible death at the age of 22 has left Dundela “devastated.” Aodhan Gillen, a young, skilled football player who was “a throwback to the golden days of out-and-out wingers,” passed away today, prompting outrage. Once the talented football player Aodhán passed away, tributes poured in. Keep reading this article to learn more details about his passing, what happened to him at such a young age, and Aodhan Gillen cause of death.

What happened to Aodhan Gillen?

The Dundela Football Club declared this morning in a statement:

“It is with deep regret and sadness that Dundela Football Club informs our supporters of the death of Aodhán Gillen. Aodhán sadly passed away at the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast on Thursday 6 April.

Aodhán came to Dundela in January, and straight away his caring nature, and his friendly attitude made him a popular player with his teammates and members of the club. Aodhán as many will know was a quiet man, but when Aodhan got a ball at his feet he became a different person.

In the short time, Aodhán was at Dundela he very quickly showed how talented a player he was, a talent that was very evident as to why he got a move to the Premiership with Carrick Rangers.

Aodhán was a throwback to the golden days of out-and-out wingers, confident on the ball, had pace, and belief in his own ability, saw him dominate fullbacks in his early games, but what made Aodhán stand out most, was his determination to continually improve, and his unselfish nature. This is what made Aodhán so popular and liked by so many.

We as a club cannot fathom the unimaginable pain Aodhán’s family and friends are experiencing at present, and we offer them our sincere condolences at this devastating time.

We also offer our sincere condolences to all at Carrick Rangers and Newington FC, both clubs in which Aodhán has many close friends and was equally held in the high esteem he was at Dundela FC.

Our players and staff have been devastated upon hearing this news. Having sadly experienced the loss of a player in the past, we as a club will provide all the necessary support mechanisms for players and staff going forward. Rest in peace Aodhán.


Carrick Rangers also posted a tribute to Gillen:

“Carrick Rangers is deeply saddened to have learned of the passing of Aodhán Gillen,” they said on their website. “Aodhán joined the ‘Gers last summer from Newington and his exciting potential and hard-working attitude saw him impress in pre-season, which earned the winger his first start on the opening day of the season against Newry City. “His positive personality and love for football made him a popular figure both around the club as well as in the changing room amongst players and staff alike. “He grabbed his first goal for the club in a cup victory against Banbridge Town in September before moving to Dundela in January until the end of the season to continue his development. “The thoughts, prayers, and sympathies of everyone at Carrick Rangers are with all of Aodhán’s family and friends at this very sad and difficult time. “May he rest in peace.”

Aodhan Gillen Cause of death

The tragic news was conveyed by the semi-pro Belfast team on Thursday after it was confirmed that Aodhán had passed away after initially falling into a coma on Monday.

Aodhán Gillen, a young football player who tragically died on Thursday, has received an outpouring of tributes. To raise money for the “young boy and his family,” a GoFundMe was created on Monday when the 22-year-old was in a coma at Belfast’s Queen Victoria Hospital.

He was well-liked by players and staff alike throughout the Club and in the locker room thanks to his upbeat demeanor and passion for football.

Before going to Dundela in January until the end of the season to continue his development, he scored his maiden goal for the Club in a cup victory against Banbridge Town in September.

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The GoFundMe campaign is still active, with a message from the organizer thanking everyone for their “great support on the page for the family.” The total amount raised on the website to date, which considerably outpaces the original goal of £1,200 (€1,370), is £4,670 (€5,340).

The Gofundme page reads the following statement:

Hi, My name is Kevin Mooney. I am raising funds for a young lad and his family, the Lads name is Aodhan Gillan, Aodhan is currently in a coma in the royal victoria hospital in Belfast. Aodhan is a young talented footballer with his whole life ahead of him at the young age of 22, I have had the pleasure of knowing Aodhan since he was a child through my son. Aodhan comes from a very loving family and it is difficult to watch what they are having to go through. I fully understand that money won’t make the pain go away but if we can find a way to help in a small way that would be amazing. Thank you. Kevin.

Our deepest sympathies to Dundela Football Club after the sad loss of their player Aodhan Gillen. Our thoughts are with Aodhan’s family and friends at this painful moment.

Obituary for Aodhan Gillen

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“Life is eternal, and Love is immortal, and death is only a horizon and horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight”.

Saying goodbye is often difficult, and it can be hard to find the words to express how you feel about a loved one who has passed. We are sorry to announce the demise news of a good soul and talented Football player here.

Aodhán was clearly a kind, gentle, young man and a gifted and talented footballer who will be fondly remembered by so many. Dundela football player Aodhán Gillen took his final breath on 6 April 2023 at the hospital. 

Aodhàn was not only a great player but more importantly a great person who was loved by all. He will always be remembered as an unassuming gentleman with a kind heart, and a beautiful boy from a beautiful family.

He was surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest. Aodhàn is taking pride in the priceless gift of eternal life! Funeral arrangements and services will be announced later by his family members and we will update the details soon. Please keep Aodháns loving parents, family, and friends in your thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace. 


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