Wednesday 13 December 2017

Father of twins killed in Canada crash while on trip to buy milk

Tragic Sean Maher with his twin boys Harry and Ralph. The children turned four last week.
Tragic Sean Maher with his twin boys Harry and Ralph. The children turned four last week.
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A Wicklow man who died tragically in a car accident in Canada had gone out to get milk for breakfast for his twin boys and partner.

Sean Maher from Ballinglen died on Sunday when his car slipped on ice and crashed into a barrier in Calgary.

His sister, Sandra Maher, told the Irish Independent that Mr Maher was planning on returning to Ireland with twins Harry and Ralph (4) and partner Leanne to settle here.

"He was having breakfast with Leanne and the boys and he went out to get more milk," she said.

"He told Leanne he would be back in a few minutes but his car slipped on ice and his car collided with a barrier. Sean meant the world to us all," she added.

Mr Maher has been described as a "caring" and "kind" man who loved children.

"He was on Joe Duffy's 'Liveline' show because he helped a woman with children with autism after they were conned by a builder.

"He offered his services for free because he loved kids and he was very caring and kind," Sandra said.

"Sean's life revolved around children. His twin boys Harry and Ralph turned four last week."

"When his father died at a young age, Sean, who is the eldest of four children, became the "man of the house".

"He was so good to me and mum even when he left for Canada. He was such a good chap," she said.

She praised the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust for its help and compassion.

"We didn't know where to start and they helped us with everything from ringing the hospital to making arrangements for him to come home," she said.

The local community is in shock at Mr Maher's death who was described as "unbelievably nice and witty".

Mr Maher was a big lover of GAA and his local club paid a touching tribute to him.

"He was always the heart and soul of any craic. He was always up for a good session after a football match," said Annacurra GAA club PRO Adam Nolan.

"When the ball used to leave his foot, only the ball would know where it was going," he added.

Irish Independent

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