GAA referee Shane Hourigan killed in car crash, leaving sporting community devastated
Well-known GAA referee Shane Hourigan has been killed in a head-on car crash in Limerick.
The two-car collision occured after 7am this morning on the N21, three miles west of Rathkeale, at Reens Pike, Ardagh, Co Limerick.
Mr Hourigan (44) used to have a milkround business in the area, and he refereed at the All-Ireland minor hurling semi-final between Kilkenny and Waterford last year.
It is believed driving conditions were poor at the time of the crash, and they were described as "blustry, wet and dark".
One local said Mr Hourigan was highly regarded in the GAA community, and his son, who is also called Shane, was also highly respected in Rathkeale GAA.
"His son was presented with medals in Rathkeale House Hotel. He had a lot of success in intermediate football."
"He has a large extended family, and two sisters and two brothers."
Meanwhile, the young driver of a car involved in a crash on the M7 last night has died, gardai have confirmed.
Gardai in Roscrea are investigating the serious road traffic collision which occurred on the M7 at Junction 22 at approximately 9pm.
The male driver (18) was pronounced dead at the scene and removed to Limerick Regional Hospital where a post mortem is due to take place later today.
There were three passengers in the car at the time - two females aged 20 and 19, and another man aged 18 - and they were taken to Portlaoise Hospital but have since been released.
The M7 will remain closed for most of the morning and motorists travelling northbound are asked to exit at jct 23 (Moneygall) and can rejoin the M7 at jct 21 (Borris in Ossory).