Ireland Murdered GAA player Joe Deacy saves six lives through organ donations
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The grieving family of murdered GAA player Joe Deacy have confirmed his donated organs have helped to save the lives of six others.
Deacy died after a brutal assault in Swinford, Co Mayo in August 2017, where he sustained fatal head wounds when he was just 21-years-old.
His heart, liver, lungs, kidneys and pancreas were donated following the fatal beating which have gone on to save six people’s lives.
Joe’s sister Charlotte told The Irish Sun: ‘My brother’s legacy will be the gift of life to six people while whoever took his life will leave behind a legacy of pain.’
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Charlotte and their mother Alison returned to Ireland over the weekend to attend a special mass for the families of loved ones whose organs had been donated at Dublin’s Corpus Christi Church.
Joe’s mother Alison said: ‘The fact that his organs have saved six people have kept me going. It’s a strange feeling but I will always be proud of my boy.’
The GAA player, who was originally from St Albans in the UK, was assaulted while on a two-week visit home to Mayo, where his family were from.
His organ donations went to a man in his 60s who received Joe’s heart, while another two men, also in their 60s, each received one of his lungs.
A man and a woman in their 30s were each given one of Joe’s kidneys and his liver was given to a woman in her 50s.
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No one has ever been charged with Joe’s murder and his family have urged anyone with information to come forward and speak to gardai.
Joe’s father Adrian previously described their lives following his death as ‘a living hell’ that sometimes felt as if it had ‘no light at the end of the tunnel’.
He said, ‘Without doubt (those persons) are also suffering… hopefully, someone, somewhere, possibly in this parish, will have the courage to come forward.’
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