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Talented GAA player dies while trekking in Nepal

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A ‘talented GAA player’ who was found dead in Nepal earlier this week is believed to have accidentally fallen from the roof of a hotel.

Alan McPhillips, 33, was discovered poolside at the three-star Manang Hotel in Kathmandu around 7.15am on Wednesday morning.

His death comes just weeks after Mr McPhillips, who worked as a property consultant in Dubai, attended a sponsored hike there for RTÉ broadcaster Charlie Bird.

According to local media, the Dubliner arrived in Nepal on April 7 with a group of friends to explore the region and hike Annapurna Base Camp. (Photo: Collect)

According to local media, the Dubliner arrived in Nepal on April 7 with a group of friends to explore the region and hike Annapurna Base Camp.

It is understood that Mr McPhillips, who previously worked as a mortgage adviser for the Bank of Ireland, was socializing with his friends in several bars in the city on the evening of the tragedy.

Several publications said the group then went to the rooftop of the Manang Hotel. Preliminary investigations indicate that Mr McPhillips may have accidentally slipped.

Alan, back row, fourth from left with members of the Kerry Middle East GAA club.

It was reported that hotel staff discovered her body and informed the police. They then found Mr McPhillip’s mobile phone and wallet on the seventh floor of the premises.

His remains have been sent to Tribhuvan University Hospital for an autopsy and will be extradited to Ireland once arrangements have been made.

The Foreign Office said it was providing consular assistance to the family of the deceased. Tributes poured in for Mr McPhillips, who had been living in Dubai since 2019. Upon his arrival in the Gulf state, he joined club Kerry Middle East GAA.

Expressing their condolences to the former player, the club said: “It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the death of player and friend Alan McPhillips. (Picture: Glam Properties)

Expressing their condolences to the former player, the club said: “It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the death of player and friend Alan McPhillips.

“Alan started playing with the club in 2019. A solid midfielder, Alan had a great drive and was a mainstay for the second team in the 2019/20 season. Alan’s outgoing personality made him a A popular clubman from the start and alongside his good friend Chris Lynch, the duo have become known simply as ‘the Dubs’ within the club, with both boys particularly enjoying Dublin’s great success in recent years, often at the detriment of the Kingdom. Alan went on to beat his good friend to win the coveted ‘Dub of the Year’ award in 2020 at our awards show.

The statement adds that although he has been less active on the pitch over the past season, Alan has stayed in touch with the members through football, running and socially.

He said: ‘He recently attended the club-supported walk for Charlie Bird and was known to be a great help to club members, as well as the Irish community in Dubai at large, through his work in the real estate sector.

“Our most important thoughts are with Alan’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time. ‘Alan, you will be greatly missed by all your friends at the club. Up to the Dubs.’

Kerry Middle East GAA added that a memorial in Dubai will be held alongside Alan’s friends in the coming weeks to honor him. Mr McPhillip’s childhood GAA club, Kilmacud Crokes in Dublin, also paid tribute to his family on social media.

He said: ‘It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Alan McPhilips. Alan was a member of the 2003 All Ireland winning Féile team and a proud Dublin supporter.

“In recent years Alan moved to Dubai and was part of Kerry Middle East GAA and a vibrant part of the Irish community.

“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and wider community during this time.”

Originally from South Dublin, Mr McPhillips graduated from the National College of Ireland with an Honors degree in Business Studies and then joined Bank of Ireland.

After moving to Dubai, he worked for one of the leading real estate companies in the UAE, quickly becoming a successful real estate consultant.