The community of Cappawhite and the wider GAA family is in mourning following the death last week of 19-year-old Clodagh Cummins following a road crash earlier in the month.
Clodagh was laid to rest in St Michael’s Cemetery in Tipperary town last Thursday following funeral Mass in Our Lady of Fatima Church in her native Cappawhite, when a huge crowd turned out to say goodbye and to support her devastated family and friends.
A keen footballer, Clodagh was a member of the Tipperary under-16 team which won the All-Ireland title three years ago and also won two senior county medals with the Cappawhite club.
As well as being known for her football, Clodagh was also a talented musician and a dedicated student in college in Cork. She was daughter of Annette and Tom Cummins from Clonbrick, Ayle, Cappawhite and is also survived by her sisters Rebecca, Sinead and Blathnaid.
She was a past-pupil of St Joseph’s Secondary School in Doon, just across the border in Co Limerick, where she was a former footballer of the year and also represented the school in an international music festival in Prague in 2007.
The collision which claimed Clodagh’s life happened in the early hours of Sunday, February 10, when the car she was driving collided with a wall near her home. She had been dropping friends home as she wasn’t drinking during the night.
She was brought by ambulance to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel and a prayer service was held three days later in the church in Cappawhite to pray for her recovery. But she had to be transferred to Cork University Hospital with serious injuries and passed away on the evening of Sunday, February 17.
Her friends and team-mates were in tears when news broke of Clodagh’s death during a ladies’ football match between Tipperary and Leitrim.
Chairman of the ladies football county board, Tommie Campbell, said it was “big shock” to the wider community. “We are shocked and saddened that she has been taken from us like this and our hearts go out to the parents and family and the Cappawhite community.”
Football “meant a lot” to Clodagh and her family, Mr Campbell said, with medals and trophies proudly displayed in their home. “It was a big part of her life.”
She was very popular with her friends and with all her football colleagues, he said. “You could see, when news came through when the county team were playing Leitrim, at the end of the game all the Cappawhite girls broke down in tear. She was someone special in their lives. As chairman of the county board, when you see grief that close after the loss of one of our own, words can’t describe it.”