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Saturday 19 August 2017

'He was the heart and soul of any craic' – Shock after death of Wicklow man in Canada

Sean Maher (left)
Sean Maher (left)
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Tributes have been paid to a Wicklow man who was tragically killed in a road accident in Canada on Sunday.

"Gentle giant" Sean Maher had emigrated to Calgary with his partner and and their twin sons a number of years ago.

Media reports in Canada say the SUV he was driving hit support columns of an overpass in Calgary.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and was the only person in the vehicle.

The local community are in shock at his death and he has been described as "unbelievably nice and witty."

Originally from Ballinglen in Wicklow, Sean was a big lover of GAA and his local club paid a touching tribute to him.

"He was always the heart and soul of any craic. He was always up for a good session after a football match," PRO of Annacurragh GAA club, Adam Nolan told Independent.ie.

"He had a mighty big long kick, as some of the old characters in the club would say.

Mr Nolan also commended Sean for the part he played in the club winning the Junior C championship in 1999.

"When the ball used to leave his foot, only the ball would know where it was going," he added.

Local councillor Pat Doran (FF) also offered his condolences to the Maher family.

"They are a very good, hard-working family and my thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

Annacurragh GAA club also paid tribute to Sean on their Facebook page.

"We remember today a wonderful Annacurragh GAA man who passed away in Canada yesterday. Sean ‘Slinger’ Maher, partner, father, friend, gentleman, footballer. Farewell Sean. Thoughts and sincerest sympathies are with his family, friends and community. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm."

Sean was the eldest in his family and was seen as a father figure to his younger siblings.

His father sadly passed away from cancer when Sean was very young.

He is survived by his partner Leane and their twin sons Harry and Ralph.

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