Evan O'Carroll on the attack for Laois. Pic: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie
Laois GAA has extended its sympathy to Laois and UCD gaelic football player Evan O'Carroll and his family on the untimely death of his father.
It is understood that Micheal O'Carroll, who was aged in his early 50s, was found at his home on the Borris Road, Portlaoise on Monday, June 4 after not being seen by friends for a number of days.
Laois County Board Chairman Peter O'Neill extended his sympathy to the family who he said were steeped in the GAA and gaelic games.
"I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Evan and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time," he said.
A Timahoe native, Micheál was brother of the late Lulu Carroll, the captain of the Laois Ladies Gaelic Football that won the 2001 All-Ireland against Mayo. Lulu died after in 2007 after a battle with cancer.
He subsequently moved to Crettyard but since moved back to Portlaoise.
His son Evan is one of the rising lights of Laois football. His potential was proven earlier this year when he won a Sigerson Cup for University College Dublin.
He is part of the Laois squad which takes on Carlow in the Leinster Senior Football Championship semi-final in Croke Park this weekend.
Michael is sadly missed by his brother Martin and daughter Natalie, son Evan, parents Michael and Angela, sisters Emer, Angie, and Breíd, brothers Damien, Fergal, and Enda, also Angela, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
His remains reposed at Keegans Funeral Home, Portlaoise before removal to St Michael's Church, Timahoe for Requiem Mass. Burial was afterwards in Timahoe Cemetery.
The coffin was draped in the beloved red jersey of Timahoe and the blue and white of Laois. The chief celebrant paid tribute to the late Michael and his parents highly regarded in the Parish and far beyond who had come to say farewell to a third offspring.
He prayed that God would help them and their daughters and sons to accept their loss.
After Mass the over flowing attendance followed the cortege on the short journey along Fossey Mountain for burial in the adjoining cemetery.