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Sunday 24 September 2017

RTE star Jacqui Hurley on the grief of losing her brother (25) in a tragic road accident: ‘His death taught me how precious life is’

Jacqui Hurley lost her brother Sean (25) in 2011 in a road accident
Jacqui Hurley lost her brother Sean (25) in 2011 in a road accident
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

RTE sports presenter Jacqui Hurley has opened up about the death of her younger brother Sean, who died in a road accident and said the experience taught her family to “live life a little differently”.

The star, who is presenting RTE’s Euro 2016 highlight show lost her brother Sean (25) in 2011 after the jeep he was travelling spun out of control in torrential rain in Kinsale, Co Cork.

Speaking to The RTE Guide, Jacqui said: “Sean was always a glass half-full person. He was one of life’s happy people - on the go all the time.

“His death taught us how precious life is but it has also taught us how to live life a little bit differently.”

RTE sports presenter Jacqui Hurley and her brother Sean Hurley who was tragically killed in a car accident in Cork.
RTE sports presenter Jacqui Hurley and her brother Sean Hurley who was tragically killed in a car accident in Cork.

Jacqui revealed that she toyed with the idea of naming her son Luke after her brother but thought it would be too painful.

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“It broke my heart that Sean never got to meet his nephew. We even toyed with the idea of calling our child Sean - but it would have been too overwhelming to have another Sean around. He looks like him and acts like him. It’s like having another little Seanie around the place,” she said.

The RTE presenter opened up about her fears about travelling to Brazil in a few weeks to cover the Olympic Games.

Jacqui Hurley with her son Luke last year in RTE's Pairc Life, Reality Bites
Jacqui Hurley with her son Luke last year in RTE's Pairc Life, Reality Bites

“We would like to have another baby so we read up everything on the Zika virus that we could and are comfortable with the facts,” she said.

“In any case, we are planning to wait until next year for more family.

“There are also a lot of athletes who have spoken about the virus and I believe the more it is out there the better as the worst think would be people talking around corners. Being open about these things is the best.”

Jacqui Hurley and her husband Shane Mc Mahon
Jacqui Hurley and her husband Shane Mc Mahon

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