A YOUNG Irishman killed in a violent attack in Australia over Christmas has helped save the lives of five other people.
Tom Keaney (23) died at the Royal Perth Hospital on December 30 from head injuries sustained in the attack almost a fortnight earlier.
His parents Tommy and Ann were at his bedside when he died and gave their consent for his organs to be donated.
His uncle Bernard Keaney said the family were still waiting for word about the arrival home of Tom's remains. "I was speaking to his father just yesterday, but there is no word yet. I'd say it'd be another week or so before they release him.
"He donated his organs and it was five or six others who got them," said Bernard.
Tom, a barman from Murvey, near Ballyconneely in Co Galway, had been in Australia for less than a year when he was fatally struck. He was standing outside a kebab shop when a row broke out and he received a single blow to the head.
A 22-year-old Perth man, Abbas Al Jarood, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm. He was remanded in custody and police are now expecting the charge to be upgraded.