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Thursday 23 November 2017

Community mourns young teacher killed in car crash

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A GAA club has cancelled its upcoming matches following the tragic death of a young player who died in a road crash just metres from home.

James O'Toole, pictured left, who just celebrated his 25th birthday last week, was also enjoying his first teaching job.

He was killed in a single-vehicle crash close to his home at Derrymore, Dunmore, Co Galway, shortly before midnight on Monday when his car left the road and drove into a ditch.

Tom Ryder, chairman of the Dunmore MacHales GAA club, said the entire club and local community was stunned.

The popular young teacher was an avid GAA football player and coach who was "excited and delighted" after scoring two points in a club game on Sunday, Mr Ryder said.

A scheduled match last night and other club fixtures were cancelled as a mark of respect for Mr O'Toole.

Jimmy Finn, principal of St Colman's College, Claremorris, Co Mayo, where Mr O'Toole taught for the past year, said his students and colleagues are devastated by his death. "It's terrible. We're all distraught," he said.

Mr O'Toole was the eldest of six children. His parents Seamus and Sally were being consoled by friends and family last night.

Irish Independent

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