Monday 19 August 2019

Irishman (43) dies in balcony fall in Cape Town


Enda Kiely in his hurling days
Enda Kiely in his hurling days

Micheál Ó Scannáil

Tributes have been paid to a Limerick man who died following a fall from a balcony in South Africa.

Enda Kiely (43) died on July 27 after falling from the balcony of his home in Cape Town which he shared with his fiancée Christine Duvenhage. The couple were due to marry in November.

Having attended Ardscoil Rís, he left Limerick in his 20s and worked as a sub-sea engineer in Turkey, Korea, Australia and China.

Mr Kiely, a promising hurler in his youth, helped Na Piarsaigh, now one of Ireland's most successful hurling clubs, to reach the Limerick Senior Championship for the first time in 1994.

He has been described as an important figure in the history of the club. In 1995, he was part of an under-21 hurling county championship winning team and also lined out for the club's first ever senior team.

Na Piarsaigh official Derek Giltenan, said the club is in shock at his death.

"Enda would have always come back when he was home. He always came back and visited and had a few pints with the lads," he said.

Irish Independent

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