The father of a Mr Carey, whose brother is the local hurling legend Ciaran Carey and whose family is influenced by the GAA, died after the incident in the United Arab Emirates.
As an English and religion teacher, he prepared to return home full time to live in his home parish again for Christmas with wife Anna and young son Fionn.
The church now gathers around her and his destroyed larger family.
“A full-hearted Patrickswell and Limerick man,” described him by one local, while another added that he was “an absolutely wonderful person.”
Local TD Niall Collins – a friend of the Careys family – said the entire community was “shocked and stunned” by the death of the father, who was about to turn 42 in a fortnight.
“He was a very popular and friendly guy in the local community. It’s a terrible tragedy. The fact that it happened so far from home. That he was there alone makes that all the more difficult. We must all support the family now to make arrangements to bring him home. ”
“He was a very friendly and dedicated guy who was very popular in the community. The kind of people had a lot of time and a lot of respect for them. ”
Fergus Kilcoyne, an independent councilor who runs a pub on Patrickswell’s High Street, added: “The whole village, including my own family, has been shaken. We only want to express our deepest condolences to the family during these difficult times. “”
Daniel McSweeney, a member of Fine Gael who also lives in the village, added: “The tragic death of Paul left the people of Patrickswell in absolute shock. I have no doubt that the people of Patrickswell will come together in the days, weeks, and months to come. I want to gather around Paul’s family at this extremely difficult time. I would like to express my deepest and sincere condolences to Paul’s wife Anna, son Fionn, father, brothers, sisters and the extended family. ”
Mr Carey had already returned to Limerick and returned to Dubai to do an apprenticeship contract and clarify a few open issues after moving to the Middle East in 2016.
As a former student of St. Clement, he won the 1997 All-Ireland title with his older B-Hurlers.
He also celebrated three senior hurling titles with his club and was the team captain in 2003.
That year he went along with his nephew, current all-star hurler Cian Lynch, when The Well triumphed.
He played twice in the national league for Limerick and made his debut against Derry in 2002 when he started alongside Ciaran.
Paul’s senior debut had already taken place in November 1998 at Semple Stadium when Limerick faced Tipperary in the South-East League.
He also played football for Limerick FC.
“The Patrickswell church is shaken, as you can imagine. A young man doing his best and trying to get on with life, ”added a local.
One of his relatives, who asked to remain anonymous, added, “He was a great family man, a man of great morals. You couldn’t ask for anything better from an individual. He was a great friend, a great loyal, trustworthy person. ”
He worked not only in Dubai, but also in Singapore, parts of Afghanistan, Myanmar and Dubai.
The family member said he loved learning about new cultures and religions.
“There are no words to describe it. It’s your worst nightmare, ”he said.
Patrickswell GAA chairman John McDermott said the club was “devastated” to hear the news.
“The Carey family is synonymous with Patrickswell GAA. She is very involved, the whole family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them right now. It’s as difficult as it has happened outside of the country, it’s so difficult to deal with, “he said.” Ciaran is currently the senior manager of Patrickswell and the whole family is steeped in Patrickswell GAA. So it’s devastating to even understand it. ”
In a statement, Patrickswell GAA said it was “sad to hear of the tragic and untimely death of Paul Carey in Dubai, and we offer our condolences to his wife Anna, son Fionn and the extended Carey family at this difficult time . ”
The Carey family is in contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Irish Embassy in the United Arab Emirates.
At the Saturday evening mass at Patrickswell Church, Father Eamon Fitzgibbon said that “a trace of great sadness” hangs over the ward.
“We pray for Paul, we pray for his family too, of course, for his wife Ann and his son Fionn, his brothers and sisters and everyone who knew and loved Paul in this church,” he said. The family was rushed into it once than yesterday In the afternoon the news of his sudden and tragic death came. ”
A State Department spokesman said he was aware of the case and was offering consular assistance.
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