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Thursday 17 April 2014

Irish father in US car smash is laid to rest

Mourned: Brian McMahon (right) with his wife Patricia and sons Luke and Rory
Mourned: Brian McMahon (right) with his wife Patricia and sons Luke and Rory

THE Irish father-of-two who was tragically killed in the US, will be laid to rest today.

Brian McMahon (46) originally from Caherminane West, Kilfenora, Co Clare, died in a road traffic collision in San Rafael, California.

Mr McMahon died after he was struck by a car as he walked along a street near his home, early on the morning of Oct-ober 4.

Police have confirmed that the driver of the car made the emergency call and has fully co-operated with the accident investigation.

Mr McMahon, who moved to California in 1989, was only home in Co Clare in August with his wife Patricia and sons Luke and Rory.

They also visited Patricia's family in Co Tipperary.

He was also due to return with his sons for the All-Ireland hurling final, but was unable to do so because of work.

A lengthy tribute in a local paper in the US said that Mr McMahon "truly touched the lives of so many -- young and old alike".

It added: "None were spared from his scathing wit and roguish charms.

"Brian lived life to the fullest -- his humour and zest for life infected and uplifted all who crossed his path. Most of all he was a phenomenon on and off the field and his home was a source of joy for adults and children but first and foremost, he was a devoted husband and proud father and friend to all."

Mr McMahon was a keen sportsman and played GAA from an early age with the Kilfenora.

He continued to play when he moved to the United States, including appearances for the Young Irelanders in the North American Intermediate Championship and Erin's Isle in the North American Junior Championship.

He was also a Manchester United fan and a lifelong San Francisco 49ers supporter.

Friends said that he was known affectionately as 'Coach Brian'. "As much as he embraced the American way of life, he remained true to his roots and feverishly followed the sporting events back home," friends said.

Mr McMahon will be buried today in Noughaval cemetery following 11am Mass in Kilfenora.

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