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Saturday 3 December 2016

'Fantastic young footballer' Darragh Doherty (19) killed in car crash

GAA star one of seven people to lose their lives on Irish roads in separate incidents over weekend

Published 24/08/2015 | 13:17

Darragh Doherty, Mayo, celebrates after the game. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final, Tyrone v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Darragh Doherty, Mayo, celebrates after the game. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final, Tyrone v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Darragh Doherty, Mayo. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final, Mayo v Monaghan, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Peter Hughes

Tributes are being paid to a talented young footballer who lost his life in a car crash last night.

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Darragh Doherty (19) from Kilmaine Co Mayo died after the car he was driving crashed at 10.30pm last night one mile outside Ballinrobe, at Carrowmore, on the N84 - Ballinrobe to Kilmaine road.

The All-Ireland medal winner with the Mayo Minor team, brought the Tom Markham Cup back to Mayo in 2013. Darragh played an integral role in the win, scoring a goal and two points in the final.

The young man also played locally with Kilmaine GAA.

A statement on the club’s facebook page today expressed their “profound sadness” at his sudden death, describing him as an “outstanding” footballer who “brought honour and glory to club and county”.

“Darragh was a winner, a leader, expecting the high standards of all those around him, that he delivered himself,” it added.

Darragh Doherty, Mayo. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final, Mayo v Monaghan, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Darragh Doherty, Mayo. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final, Mayo v Monaghan, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Kilmaine GAA extended its sympathies to his parents Margaret and Tom, his brothers, Cathal, Adrian, David and Gerard and all of his extended family and friends. It also extended its good wishes and support to the family of Niall Heneghan who was injured in the crash, wishing him a speedy recovery.

Chairman of Kilmaine GAA told independent.ie that Darragh was a “fantastic young footballer with a great future ahead of him”.

Peter Hughes
Peter Hughes

“He was a fantastic talent and he would have moved up to senior level. We are all deeply shocked and saddened, we don’t have words to describe it,” he said.

The passenger in the car, Niall Heneghan was rushed to Mayo General Hospital and transferred to Beaumont where he has since undergone surgery. He is expected to make a recovery.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the fatal road crash. The road is closed to traffic and diversions are in place. Garda Forensic Collision Investigators carried out an examination of the scene this morning.

Anyone with information on last night’s collision is asked to contact Claremorris Garda Station on 094-9372080 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Peter Hughes, Conall Havern and Gavin Sloan Credit: Cobbles Bar Kitchen Club
Peter Hughes, Conall Havern and Gavin Sloan Credit: Cobbles Bar Kitchen Club

Meanwhile, Queens University has also paid tribute to their fresher footballer Peter Hughes (19) after he was tragically killed in a car accident in Co.Down yesterday.

Mr Hughes was killed alongside Conall Havern (20) and Gavin Sloan (19) as they were travelling in a red coloured Vauxhall Corsa on the Northbound carriageway on the A1 at around 5.40pm.

Their car was involved in a collision with a black coloured Volkswagen Tiguan, whose female driver was taken to hospital for treatment for injuries that are believed to be not life-threatening.

The loss of the three young men was described as "horrific" and a "tragedy" by Northern Irish politicians.

Queen’s University tweeted earlier the sad passing of their student who was travelling in a car with two other friends when the collision happened on the A1 Dual Carriageway between Banbridge and Dromore close to the Halfway Road junction.

Queens GAA club paid tribute to the footballer "with a big heart".

"It is with great sadness that we learned of sudden death along with two friends of our fresher footballer and friend Peter Hughes yesterday evening," a statement posted on their social media read.

"A great character and a footballer with a big heart, the club and his team mates will miss him badly.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Peter's mother, father, brothers and sister.

"Go ndeana dia trocaire ar a anam."

The young footballer was described as a "perfect role model" in a tribute by his former former school principal Jarlath Burns.

He described the former St Paul's of Bessbrook pupil as a "total charmer".

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