Clondalkin President Alan Bracken paid tribute to Garda hero and Clondalkin RFC member Ciaran Jones this week…

Jones, who was a Scully Cup winner with the club’s third team in recent season and was excelling as fourth string at out half this term, tragically passed away on Monday evening in a flood related accident near Blessington.

The talented GAA player had sported the Clondalkin crest on a regular basis over the last three years, but the Wicklow representative was particularly prominent this term.

The Manor Kilbride GAA star was deemed the main catalyst behind the fourth teams successful start to the new campaign. Indeed the fourth string remain the only senior outfit unbeaten in the club and Jones with Jones the vital contributor in the majority of wins including their fifth successive win last term.

Despite his star quality Alan claimed it was the 25-year-old’s humility that made him stand out.

“First of all I know everyone at the club would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Ciaran’s family and friends,“ said Bracken.

“It really was a tragic accident and it is not a surprise to hear the accident happened with Jonesy going out of his way to help someone. He wasn’t with our club for many years, but anyone who had any dealings with him couldn’t speak highly enough about him. He was an extremely talented rugby player. His GAA career meant he only had time to commit to our junior teams, but he had the talent to play at the top.

“However, despite his talent and great personality he was an extremely humble man. The fourth team coaches revealed he was extremely enthusiastic about this season and was by far the stand out player. However, rather than acknowledge his excellence, he took time to attribute the fourths success to his team-mates efforts. He was just a genuine lad and we are very proud to have him as a part of our club.”