Thursday 19 April 2018

Irish student in fatal accident had just arrived in UK

Eoghan MacConnell

AN Irish student who died after a traffic accident in the UK had moved there to attend university just a month ago.

Philip Ganly (18) from Drumraney, Co Westmeath, was killed when he was struck by a truck as he walked along the A2 in Canterbury, Kent, at around 12.25am on Thursday.

The young student was pronounced dead at the scene.

Local Councillor Joe Flanagan (FG) said the community would now rally around the Ganly family. "It's just a dreadful black Halloween in this community," he remarked.

"It's a very, very sad occasion for a very decent family . . . the whole community is just devastated with the news," said Mr Flanagan.

He said Mr Ganly would have been a very active sportsman and was well-known in GAA circles.

A flag flew at half-mast at Mr Ganly's Maryland GAA Club in Drumraney yesterday. A message on the club's Facebook page outlined the sense of loss locally.

"A dark cloud descended over Drumraney yesterday as the shocking news of Philip's passing spread among his friends and teammates," the message read.

"No one wanted to believe it at first, how could such a great young man with such a bright future be taken from us so soon? He could lighten the mood in any situation and make anyone smile.

"Philly was an extremely popular young man who made friends everywhere he went and will be missed by everyone he met. Words can't describe how we all feel today.

"Taken too soon from us. Our prayers are with your family. You'll never be forgotten, always be a Maryland Star. RIP Philip Ganly."

Mr Ganly is survived by his parents, Michael and Mary, brother, James, and sister Laura.

His remains are expected to be repatriated next week.

Irish Independent

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