A profound sense of shock has swept across a south Armagh community following the sudden death of a young father-of-two.
James Reel, from Silverbridge, passed away on Sunday.
James, who was a devoted husband to Mairead, was also a loving father of twin girls Maisey and Sadie.
His local GAA club – Silverbridge Harps – has suspended all club activities this week as a mark of respect.
“It is with a profound sense of shock and sadness that we report the tragic passing of our club member James Reel RIP,” the club posted on social media.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Reel and Conlon families and their entire circle of friends. May James Rest in peace.”
Neighbouring GAA club Culloville Blues added: “We extend our deepest condolences to the Reel and McGeeney family on the sudden passing of James Reel, Silverbridge. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
While Crossmaglen Rangers GFC posted: “[We] send our deepest condolences to to the Reel, Conlon and McGeeney families and our fellow gaels, Silverbridge Harps, on the sudden passing of James. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
Sinn Féin Councillor – and friend – Barra Ó Muirí said James was “much-loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing him”.
He told Armagh I: “James Reel was one in a million. A loving husband and father, a loyal son and brother and an amazing friend to everyone who was lucky enough to know him.
“James was a very talented tradesman, who had gained a reputation for himself as a master of steel and iron work and worked hard at building his business.
“He was a talented footballer who represented his beloved Silverbridge Harps with pride on many occasions.
“James’ loss is sorely felt across South Armagh and our thoughts and prayers go with his wife Mairéad, his daughters Sadie and Masie, and all the Reel and Conlon families. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Aoife Finnegan commented: “My deepest sympathies are with James wife and girls tonight. Such devastation that this young man has been taken far too soon. Condolences to the Reel, McGeeney and Conlon family and all his friends. Sending all my love and prayers.”
James, predeceased by his beloved mother Kathleen and son of Bernard. Cherished brother of Paddy, Majella and Aisling. Brother in law of Michelle, Ollie, Liam, Barry, Peter, Aine and Bernie. Dear son in law of Raymond and Deirdre Conlon.
Funeral arrangements to follow.