Thursday 20 October 2016

Tributes to Irish duo who died in Canada crash

Amy Molloy and Greg Harkin

Published 11/10/2016 | 02:30

Cathal Murphy (33) from Bandon, Co Cork
Cathal Murphy (33) from Bandon, Co Cork

Tributes have been paid to two Irish men who died when their car crashed into a creek in Canada.

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Mechanic Raymond McCann (42) and Cathal Murphy (33) died when their car left the road just outside the town of Melita in the Canadian province of Manitoba during a national weekend Thanksgiving holiday.

The pair came from Cork - Mr Murphy from Bandon and Mr McCann from Kanturk.

The car they were travelling is was found overturned at the side of a road west of Melita on Saturday morning.

Cathal, a former member of the fire service, played soccer for Bandon, Cork City and was capped for Ireland at youth level. Both families released statements last night.

"We, the family of Cathal Murphy, are devastated at the death of our much loved son and brother in a road traffic accident in Canada on Saturday 10 October," it read.

"We are very thankful for all the support shown to us at this difficult time. We would ask, however, that the media would now respect our privacy as we try to come to terms with our loss.

"Cathal was just a great lad, bubbly, bright, full of life and his death has devastated his family and the community here."

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Paul Bowdren, currently U-17 manager for Cork City, coached Cathal when he played U-18.

"He would come into training and be very happy-go-lucky," he said.

Kanturk was also in mourning at the loss of Mr McCann, with Councillor, Bernard Moynihan saying that the area was "numb" from his death.

In a statement from his family, Mr McCann was described as "much loved father and brother".

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