Family pays tribute to 'sports-mad son' after road death
Two people lost their lives on the roads over the weekend, as another family was left stricken by the death of a young sportsman a fortnight after a collision.
A pedestrian died after he was hit by a car on the N2 at Balrath, Co Meath, at approximately 1.30am yesterday.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene and a postmortem is to be carried out.
Elsewhere, a man in his 30s was killed after the van he was driving hit a fence on the N5 in the townland of Knockanour, near Castlebar, Co Mayo, at around 7.30pm on Saturday.
The victim has been named locally as Joseph Mullany of Creegs, Balla. The emergency services rushed to the scene and he was taken by ambulance to Mayo General Hospital where he died.
The road at the scene was closed for several hours to facilitate a technical examination by garda forensic investigators.
In Co Galway, the heartbroken family of a young man killed after his car left the road and hit a ditch have said they "will never know" what caused the accident.
Keith Davis (21) from Clooncun, suffered serious head and facial injuries in the smash at Ballyhard, on the Creggs side of Glenamaddy, on March 29.
The talented footballer was initially taken to Galway University Hospital, but was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, where he died on Friday.
His family have paid special tribute to him as a "dedicated sportsman and wonderful son".
"He was training to be a carpenter and was an absolute gem of a lad," his uncle Tommy told the Irish Independent.
"He was huge into football and was coaching the under-16 team in the Glenamaddy Williamstown Ladies GAA Club.
"I don't think he had any plans to travel overseas. He had two sisters, so he was his parents' only son. He had completed all the courses and had his qualifications to be a referee. There's no doubt he achieved a lot in his short life. Since a very young age, he was heavily involved in sport. He had a love for it from the moment he started to walk."
The weather on the morning of the accident, which occurred at approximately 5am, was "dreadful", he said.
"We don't know if it contributed to what caused the accident. I don't think anybody will ever know at this stage. It's just one of those tragic, tragic incidents."
Peter Clarke, chairman of Glenamaddy Williamstown Ladies GAA Club, remembered him as a "lovely, friendly lad".
"Between training and coaching, he was involved with the club for the last four or five years," he said. "He was heavily involved in soccer as well."
Mr Davis's funeral takes place today at 1pm in St. Patrick's Church, Glenamaddy.