The family of the Tipperary GAA fan who died while attending the All Ireland under 21 football final in Dublin on Saturday evening have paid tribute to all those who tried to save him.
Eighty year old John Dominic (Dom) Browne of Kilmore,Dundrum died during half time of the final between Tipperary and Tyrone. He was one of the most loyal and passionate supporters of Tipperary football.
His devastated family have paid tribute to the group of medical people who tried to save his life during the game on Saturday evening in Parnell Park.
“They did everything humanly possible, they were a fantastic group of people and the family is greatly indebted to them all”, said his son John, who was sitting beside his father when he suffered a heart attack.
A distraught John and his mother Eileen watched the medical teams who worked for over half an hour trying to recusitate Dom. He thanked the Order of Malta, the gardai, John Hynes, the Tipperary team doctor, and Tipperary senior footballer Ciaran McDonald, who was in the same stand, and a doctor from Beaumont Hospital, who all came to his father’s assistance.
“He was bursting to go to the game. It meant everything to him to be at that game and he was really enjoying it”, John said.
“We have the beating of these fellahs’ he told John during the first half and it was a massive shock to John when he had the heart attack.
A winner of an All-Ireland minor hurling medal with Tipperary in 1952, Dom was a life president of Kickhams GAA club.
His remains will repose at his home at Kilmore, Dundrum this evening (May 6) and burial will take place following 11.30 requiem mass at Knockavilla Church on Thursday.