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Sunday 18 March 2018

Irish student loses life in US as three die on roads

Philip Leahy
Philip Leahy

Gavin White and Alan O'Keeffe

Tragedies marred the August bank holiday weekend as three men were killed in traffic collisions and a young Irish student passed away after a swimming accident in the US.

Philip Leahy (22) from Ballyhooly, Co Cork, suffered an apparent cardiac arrest when he got into difficulty while swimming with his friends last week at a beach in Ocean City, Maryland.

His family had been keeping a vigil by his hospital bedside but he died on Sunday night.

Last year, Mr Leahy captained the Ballyhooley GAA side that won their first ever Junior B Football title.

A prayer meeting held on Thursday evening on the GAA pitch gathered more than 300 people from the community.

To cover his medical costs in the US, a GoFundMe account was set up, which had managed to raise €92,000, far in excess of its €80,000 target, in a matter of days.

Philip's college, Cork Institute of Technology, posted a moving tribute on the GoFundMe page to "a great student, friend, colleague and team-mate".

Mr Leahy had been in the US on his J1 visa since June and was due to return to CIT's sport department this autumn.

Meanwhile, three men died in separate road crashes and a female pedestrian was seriously injured in a hit-and-run over the weekend.

A 22-year-old man named locally as Daniel Delaney, from Monasterevin, Co Kildare, was killed in an accident early yesterday.

Mr Delaney was killed when the car he was driving hit a wall at Kilmullen, Portarlington, at 3.50am.

Mr Delaney's death was the third of the weekend resulting from a road accident following the deaths of Alan O'Dowd (25) in Co Mayo, and Sligo native Glen Carty (34).

Mr O'Dowd, a father of one from Lisacul, Co Roscommon, died after the car he was driving hit a tree on Saturday afternoon near Carracastle.

Mr Carty, from Drum, Ballygawley, Co Sligo, died after his motorbike was in a collision with a car at Cloonchair, Mohill, Co Leitrim, on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, a 42-year-old female pedestrian was taken to hospital yesterday after she was injured in a suspected hit-and-run incident at Portsalon, Co Donegal.

Irish Independent

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