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Sunday 25 February 2018

Family and friends looking to bring home remains of two Irishmen killed in Canada raise over €9,500 in less than 48 hours

Cathal Murphy (inset) died in tragic car accident
Cathal Murphy (inset) died in tragic car accident
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

The family and friends of two Cork men who died tragically in Canada last week have raised thousands of euro in their efforts to bring home the remains of the two friends.

A fundraising campaign was started on Sunday night and, within 48 hours, almost 200 people had donated more than €9,500.

Cathal Murphy (33) from Bandon, and Raymond McCann (42) from Kanturk, were killed in a car accident on October 8 in Manitoba, Canada.

The car they were travelling in was found overturned at the side of a road west of Melita on Thanksgiving weekend.

It is expected family members will return home with Cathal and Raymond later this week, with the funerals to take place at the beginning of next week.

A close cousin of Cathal’s, Ray O’Callaghan, has set up a Go Fund Me account to help pay for the process of repatriating the bodies.

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

The monies raised will go to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. 

This Trust was set up in 2013 after Kevin Bell was killed in a hit-and-run in New York City.

Kevin's father, Colin, has been helping to raise money to bring home the remains of other Irish people who have died abroad ever since.

“Only for Colin, none of this would be possible. He took full control of all the paperwork and funeral homes logistics; otherwise we would be here for much longer. The paperwork is just frightening,” Cathal’s brother James told the Evening Echo in Cork.

“Colin is just a true gentleman and so understanding as he knows what we’re going through at this hard time. We just want to bring our brother home to our parents and Raymond home to his family,” he added.

To donate to The Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund in honour of Cathal and Raymond, click here.

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