A Co Armagh man who has died after suffering a head injury in the US last year has been described as a “brilliant wee footballer”.

A Co Armagh man who has died after suffering a head injury in the US last year has been described as a “brilliant wee footballer”.
Sean Hughes, who was from the townland of Grange, moved to Philadelphia almost six years ago.
The married father-of-one, who had previously played for Pearse Og Armagh GFC, suffered a severe head injury while working in Philadelphia.
A GoFundMe page set up in the aftermath of what had happened, which had so far raised $95,000, said that Mr Hughes had been in a “terrible accident” and was in a “critical condition in a medically induced coma, for a severe head injury”.
It also said Mr Hughes was a current player and proud active member with the Young Ireland’s GFC Senior team in Philadelphia.
An update in April said the GAA player had been in rehab and had been “making some good improvements, he could open his left eye slightly, follow some commands such as lift your arm or leg and he could recognize voices when spoken too”,
However, it continued: “Unfortunately that all came to a stand still as he took fluid on the brain and was taken back to Christiana hospital in Delaware. Here he was treated for infection and had a permanent shunt put in to drain away the fluid from his brain.
“Sean, being the strong, stubborn and much loved man he is, has fought back once again and is now back in rehab doing his best to pick up where he left off. He is a legend of a man with a strong heart who continues to make progress even with all that is thrown at him.”
Mr Hughes’ death was announced at the weekend.
It is understood the father-of-one passed away in hospital.
The Young Irelands Philadelphia GAA club, who Mr Hughes played for, said it was with “great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Sean Hughes.
“We ask that you continue to keep Sean, Emily, baby Sean and their families in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time”.
Pearse Óg Armagh GFC said it was “saddened to learn of the passing of our former Senior footballer Seán Hughes.
“Seán was a brilliant wee footballer, a real team player and blessed with natural ability.
“Like many an Ógs player before him he had emigrated to America for work. These last few months all at Pearse Óg had been praying for his full recovery and are truly devastated by this sad news”.
Clady GFCs said it was “saddened” to hear of Mr Hughes’ passing.
“Sean is the grandson of our 1977 junior championship winner Kevin Loughran RIP and Sheila Loughran, and nephew of club stalwart Padraig Loughran”.