The family of an Irishman who was killed in an accident in Austria yesterday have told of their devastation at his loss.
Paul Kilgarriff (35) from Ballygar in Co Galway died after he was hit by a train while on a skiing holiday in Austria. He had been returning to his accommodation with friends in the early hours of yesterday morning when he is believed to have stumbled onto railway tracks and was hit by a fast moving train.
Mr Kilgarriff, who taught at the Educate Together national school in Adamstown, South Dublin had only begun his brief holiday when the tragic incident occurred.
His heartbroken family were informed of his death early yesterday. His parents Sean and Marguerite and sister Sinead are now being comforted by friends and family at home while his three brothers are travelling home from abroad.
"He was coming back from a nightclub and all we know is he was hit by a fast train from behind. It was just a brief holiday with a few friends. ," said his father Sean today.
The family are now receiving consular assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs. They hope to have their son's remains returned to Ireland by the end of the week.
"We're hoping to have him home on Friday but we can't be sure at this stage," he added.