Brave Tyrone teen loses his battle with leukaemia

Brendan McGlone sadly passed away on Monday
Brendan McGlone sadly passed away on Monday

Tributes have poured in for Tyrone teenager Brendan McGlone, who lost his 10-month battle with leukaemia on Monday evening.

A St Patrick’s Academy student and avid footballer before falling ill, the 14-year-old touched the hearts of sporting greats across Ireland.

Many of them visited the youngster’s bedside in Bristol, where he was being treated after a bone marrow transplant in January to fight the disease.

The Aghaloo teenager was diagnosed with stem cell leukaemia in September last year.

As well as visits from Tyrone-GAA legend Peter Canavan, Ireland Rugby Star Tommy Bowe went to his bedside on July 3.

Olympic boxer Paddy Barnes and UFC star Conor McGregor were also pictured with him in hospital.

Since his passing hundreds of people have taken to social media to share their condolences with his family.

His local Gaelic team, Aghaloo O’Neills said on Twitter: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the McGlone family as Brendan passed to his eternal reward last night #aweestar.”

Whilst Brendan’s school, which not long ago held a football tournament to raise funds for the young man, said: “@GaaAcademy are very sorry to hear about the passing of pupil & player Brendan McGlone. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”