There was shock in Ballyhale on Friday as the death of Paul Shefflin, brother of Kilkenny legend Henry, was confirmed.
The Ballyhale Shamrocks stalwart died suddenly while he was running yesterday afternoon.
Paul, who was married and leaves behind four children, was widely loved in the GAA community in Ballyhale where they have been in mourning since confirmation of his sad passing.
The Ballyhale Shamrocks AGM, due to take place on Saturday night, has now been adjourned as a mark of respect for the family.
Ballyhale parish priest Fr Seán O’Connor said that the whole community was in disbelief following Paul’s death.
“Paul is the youngest of the Shefflin family and he died yesterday suddenly out running, it’s just tragedy for the whole parish,” he said.
“They are totally [in shock]. We haven’t heard much else at the moment.”
A club official described him as “very popular in the area.”
He added: ‘’Paul played hurling with Kieran’s College and Waterford Institute of Technology before graduating with a degree in Business studies.
“He was the Kilkenny Minor hurling captain in 1998 and unlike his brother Henry he played as a defender. He always cited his favourite sporting moment as the 2010 Club All-Ireland.”
No arrangements for Paul Shefflin’s funeral have been confirmed at the time of writing.