PATRICK GRIMLEY died in a horrific car crash in Co Armagh while driving home from Dundalk with his family.
Grimley was the secretary of Madden GAA club and was described as a “valued Armagh TV commentator”.
He was also the brother of senior Armagh footballer Niall Grimley.
Armagh GAA shared their heartfelt tribute to Grimley on Twitter.
They wrote: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Paddy Grimley, brother of senior footballer Niall and esteemed Armagh TV commentator.”
“We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, @maddenraparees Gaels and the entire GAA family.
“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
Grimley was believed to be traveling with his family and friends and was involved in a tragic four-car collision.
The NI Ambulance Service said eight other people were also injured.
Some of the injured are believed to be in serious condition. They are being treated at Royal Victoria and Craigavon hospitals.
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The accident happened on Gosford Road near Markethill in the early hours of Saturday morning, shortly after Grimley celebrated his 40th birthday with loved ones.
The Madden GAA Club has released its own statement.
They wrote: “It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the tragic and sudden death of our club secretary Patrick Grimley.
“Patrick was a brilliant family man and, along with his wife Ciera, were always there to support his children in their various hobbies and activities.”
“His love for our club was also well known and he will be missed terribly by all who knew him, not only in Madden but beyond.”
“Patrick has been a key driving force for our club in his last five years as secretary – and this year in particular with our club draw.”
“His dedication and commitment to making our club the best it can be both on and off the field knew no bounds.”
They added: “Our thoughts are also with everyone injured in the accident last night and we ask that you keep them all in your thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.”
Local UUP councilor Gareth Wilson also shared the tragic news.
He said: “This is very sad news for the local community this morning.”
“A family has been plunged into grief and it is absolutely terrible.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased and also with those injured.”