A school teacher and his girlfriend have been killed following a sandy buggy crash in Qatar.
The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin is providing consular assistance to the family of Newry man Eamonn Morgan.
Both Qatar GAA club and Bosco club in Newry have paid tribute to school teacher Eamonn and his partner Charlotte Sant, from Manchester, who also died.
Qatar GAA chairman Sean Crowe wrote on the club’s Facebook page: “For the Irish abroad, a GAA club can offer much more than the team – It offers a sense of community, a sense of family, a home away from home, and Qatar GAA is no different.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of two of our members, two of our friends, two of our family.
“I had the privilege of playing with Eamonn for the past year, an absolute gent, never to be seen without a smile on his face and the definition of a ‘character’ as we’d say back home.
“I also had the pleasure of training Charlotte for the past year, a sweet girl, who took to a new sport with more enthusiasm than you could ever ask for!
“Eamonn and Charlotte will be sorely missed, people often don’t realise at home how much of a community can be built away from home, but I can tell you, sincerely, that Eamonn and Charlotte were very much central to the community that is Qatar GAA, and it will be hard to imagine it without them.
“They will remain forever in our hearts and we are thinking of their family and friends back home.”
A mass will be held this evening at 7pm (Monday, June 29) in the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Barwa.
Added Mr Crowe: “The priest has invited anyone, who wishes, to stay behind and pray for Eamonn and Charlotte as well as for the speedy recovery of their two friends, visiting from home.
“All are welcome and it is requested that Qatar GAA colours are worn as a symbol of our support for their friends and family.”