Monday 19 August 2019

Irish engineer (30) killed in horror road collision in Australia

Ger Scully died in a road accident in Australia
Ger Scully died in a road accident in Australia

Emma Jane Hade, Caroline Crawford and John Fallon

Tributes have been paid to a "hard-working" Irish man who has died in an accident in Western Australia.

Ger Scully, from Co Galway, died after his Toyota Hilux was struck by a large truck on Sunday evening.

The 30-year-old was due to visit Vietnam on holidays with his brother John in the coming weeks, before travelling home to spend Christmas with his parents Paddy and Bridie.

The horrific collision occurred at approximately 5.30pm on Sunday on the Great Northern Highway, which is just outside of South Hedland in the north of the state.

Mr Scully, an engineer, originally hails from Annaghdown in Co Galway but had been living in Australia for the last six years.

His shocked family - including his siblings John, Declan, Marie and Laura - were last night being comforted by friends and neighbours at their home at Woodpark in the close knit, rural village.

His two brothers will travel to Australia to bring his remains home to be buried.

"He was a hard-working lad. Like so many other Irish people, he had to go abroad for employment. His family are devastated, they are in bits," said Fr Oliver McNamara, Annaghdown parish priest.

The talented young man was also involved with Corrib Celtic soccer club, where he was a remembered as a "very valuable team member".

"He was just one of the lads, a really nice guy and a great person to have around," recalled friend and neighbour Gary Scully.

Ger settled in Sydney for 18 months when he moved to Australia before moving on to the mines north of Perth.

"I was just in shock when I heard the news. Ger was a perfect driver and the last person you would ever think of when you hear something like this," added Gary, who had lived with Ger in Sydney.

The young man was remembered as a bright young man who excelled at anything he did. "He got over 500 points in his Leaving and got first-class honours in his civil engineering degree in Galway. He was the guy you went to for help," Gary added.

Irish Independent

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