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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Donegal GAA star killed in Perth, Mayo man suffers fatal fall in Spain

Greg Harkin

THE death of a promising GAA star in a road accident in Australia was the second tragedy to hit the family this year.

Tomas Maguire (24) from Ardara, Co Donegal, died in the single vehicle accident 200km south of Perth on Monday.

He had been on his way to buy supplies for the farm where he worked in Wickepin, Western Australia, when his pick-up truck rolled over.

Ambulance crews said the popular sportsman, a member of Ardara GAA club, died at the scene.

In January Mr Maguire's cousin Martina (16) died after a battle with leukemia.

In April the family organised a 10k fun run and walk in her memory to raise money for Our Lady's Children's Hospital and The Charlie Bennett Fund.

Tomas was the son of Eunan and Eileen Maguire.

Ardara community activist Stephen McCahill said : "Tomas studied at an Irish language school and was a delightful young fellow and a brilliant footballer.

"If he didn't emigrate he could have expected to make the Donegal senior GAA football squad soon."

Concert

His parents are making arrangements to fly to Perth and a Foreign Affairs spokesman confirmed they were liaising with the family.

Meanwhile, a Mayo man who died in Spain is thought to have fallen from a balcony.

Mark Ferguson, from Rathkip, Ballina, was attending a music concert in Barcelona with friends when the fatality occurred early on Monday.

Police are investigating the incident but it is believed to have been an accident.

A post mortem examination was to be carried out on Mr Ferguson's remains yesterday, although his body is not due to be repatriated for several days.

His parents, John and Kathleen, are being comforted by friends and relatives.

Mark was understood to be a student at university in Wales.

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