Talented Connacht star tragically killed in Australian road accident
Published 14/03/2016 | 02:30
A talented rugby player and former Connacht star has tragically lost his life in a road traffic accident in Australia.
Kevin Moran, from Cushlecka in Mulranny, Co Mayo, had been living in Australia for some time before the incident occurred on Friday.
Mr Moran, who was in his early 30s, was well-known within the sporting scene in Mayo and was highly regarded both on and off the pitch.
A keen rugby player, he played at under-age level for Connacht and was also a key player for the Westport Bulls.
Mr Moran was also a talented soccer player and an important member of the Achill Rovers side for a number of seasons.
His flair for rugby was spotted early in his career and he was selected to represent the Irish Rugby Clubs team, a level below international competition. He scored a try in his debut game against England.
The Mayo man then travelled abroad to the UK and played two seasons with Gloucester Rugby Club.
He suffered a series of injuries while competing in England, including a broken leg, which had a significant impact on his playing career.
The close-knit community of Mulranny has been coming to terms with his tragic death and has rallied around the Moran family.
Westport Bulls Rugby Club president Declan Dever paid tribute to Mr Moran and described him as a proud Mayo man.
"He was very well known and liked by the players and his fellow coaches," Mr Dever told the Irish Independent last night.
"He was a very good player and a very dynamic player. He would make a great impact on a game. Kevin was very well respected. He was proud of his Westport links, no matter where he was.
"Everyone in the club, whether they were coaches or vice presidents, they were all very proud of Kevin," he added.
Meanwhile, a 70-year-old woman has died following a road traffic accident in Co Louth on Saturday night.
Margaret Healy, from Annagassan, Co Louth, was seriously injured when the car she was travelling in as a passenger collided with another car at Clonmore, Togher - a few miles away from her home - shortly before 11.30pm.
Mrs Healy was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, where she was pronounced dead.
Tragically, her husband also died in a road traffic accident a number of years ago.
The driver of the car in which Ms Healy was travelling, a woman in her early 60s, was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
The two occupants of the other car, a 29-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, were also taken to hospital and are receiving treatment for their injuries, which are also not believed to be life-threatening.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.