Ballygar community in mourning as popular teenager laid to rest

There was an outpouring of grief across Ballygar and surrounding areas last week following the death of a popular local teenager who passed away at Portiuncula Hospital following a short illness.

Seamus ‘Seamie’ Langan from Aughrane, Ballygar died in the care of staff at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe on Wednesday (5th) and was laid to rest on Sunday following Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church.

The young Coláiste Mhuire student is sadly missed by his heartbroken parents, Pat and Mary Frances, loving brother Conor, sisters Sinead and Niamh, uncles, aunt, relatives, neighbours and his many close friends.

Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar paid tribute to Seamie, saying his passing was a great loss for his family, friends and the entire community.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Seamie’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time. May Seamie’s gentle soul rest in peace,” the school said.

St. Brendan’s Ladies Football Club said Seamie’s sisters, Sinead and Niamh, were members of the club and that he was a “great friend to many members”.

“Our hearts are very heavy as we mourn the loss of Seamus, fondly known by most who knew him as Seamie,” the club said.

Posting on Facebook, Ballygar Badminton Club said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” by the news of Seamie’s untimely passing.

“He was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He will be sadly missed by family and friends alike, also in the wider community of Ballygar and surrounding areas,” the post read.

Ballygar Hurling Club said “words cannot describe the shock and sadness” the entire community is experiencing following Seamie’s sudden and untimely passing and offered sincere condolences to the young man’s family and friends.

Northern Gaels GAA Club, who Seamie played with in 2019, also paid tribute on social media: “Seamus played with Northern Gaels along with a few other St. Brendan’s lads back in 2019 on a permission to play basis. Seamus was a gentle, good-natured young lad. Loved his native sport.
“No words can take away from the heartbreak and loss his family, friends, neighbours and the whole community in Ballygar is feeling right now”.

St. Brendan’s GAA Club said the community had been “shook to its core”.

“When life should only be beginning to take off for Seamie, it was taken from him without him ever getting to say goodbye to family and friends”.

The statement described him as a strong, young lad with a love for life.