Wednesday 7 December 2016

Tributes paid to GAA player killed in road crash close to airport

Published 22/11/2016 | 18:36

Aldergrove Airport and inset John Fitzgerald
Aldergrove Airport and inset John Fitzgerald

A 27-year-old man has died from injuries he received following a collision close to Belfast International Airport.

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John Fitzgerald, from Kilmacthomas, Waterford, was walking in the area when he was involved in a collision with a car.

The incident happened close to the Ballyrobin Guest House shortly before 4.50pm on Saturday.

Kilmacthomas GAA paid tribute Mr Fitzgerald on Facebook this evening.

John Fitzgerald. Picture: PSNI
John Fitzgerald. Picture: PSNI

In a deeply personal and emotional message the club wrote: "A dark cloud hangs over the village as we discover the passing of a true gent who has been called way too soon."

Mr Fitzgerald, known as "Bungles", was described as "kind gentle and one of the soundest lads you could meet".

"Anytime you'd meet him he'd either have a fag and a bottle of coke with him or else sometimes in the pub having a pint and no doubt playing a game of pool or darts.

"No matter who you were or where you came from you would be treated the same with a big hello and and a smile."

The club posted pictures of Mr Fitzgerald togged out for an u21 county final for the club some years ago.

His connection to the club didn't stop there and recently he drove a truck during field development on pitches.

"I remember he had a fag in the mouth and a big smile and we all looking at him driving around a dumper, some would joke and say 'who gave him a dumper, sher he haven't even a car'."

The club sent its condolences to his parents, brother, sisters and all friends and family.

PSNI officers from the Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Ballyrobin Road on Saturday evening and who witnessed the collision to contact them on 101 quoting reference number 831 of 19/11/16.

Belfast Telegraph

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