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Sunday 17 December 2017

Engineer killed in Qatar taxi crash just weeks after relocating for work

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

AN Irishman who died in a road traffic accident in the Middle East had only moved to the country in the last three weeks.

Darragh Walsh (22) from The Neale, near Cong in Co Mayo, died when the taxi in which he was a passenger crashed in the Qatari capital of Doha.

A minute's silence was observed yesterday at the Connacht Senior Club Championship Final at Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon.

Mr Walsh was an engineer working for an Irish company and had been based in London up until recently. It is understood he was transferred by his company to Qatar.


Prior to his move three weeks ago, he paid a visit home to his family in Mayo.

He is survived by his father, Gerry Walsh, who is chairman of The Neale GAA club; his mother Miriam, two sisters and two brothers. Mr Walsh was the second eldest in his family.

The family is well-known in GAA circles and Mr Walsh was a talented gaelic football player.

He had played on the panel of The Neale's junior team that won the junior club championship for the first time in 2012.

It is understood that Darragh worked as an IT engineer and was out with a few friends after work on Friday night when the accident occurred. Retired school principal, Dermot Keane – who taught Darragh – said he was deeply shocked and saddened at the news of Darragh's death.

"It's a terrible blow," said Mr Keane, revealing that the local area has suffered a lot with the untimely death of young people.

Four people from Darragh's road in Creeavagh, between The Neale and Kilmaine have died in car accidents in recent years, he said.

In a statement, the Neale GAA club said they had received "crushingly bad news".

"The club is devastated," the statement added.

Irish Independent

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