Kerry GAA mourns dad killed in road crash
The GAA community in Co Kerry is mourning the loss of a talented footballer and hurler who was killed when his car crashed on the M7 motorway.
Roibeárd Thornton, in his early thirties, originally from Lixnaw and a first cousin of legendary Kerry football boss Éamonn Fitzmaurice, died in the impact when his car crashed through a railing and into a ditch yesterday.
Mr Thornton was married with one child and was living in Annacotty, Co Limerick.
Mr Thornton's sister Aoife Thornton is a sitting Fine Gael county councillor based in Listowel.
The fatal collision occurred between Junction 28 and 29 on the M7, near Mr Thornton's home on the outskirts of Limerick city, around 10am.
Mr Thornton, a PhD graduate at the University of Limerick where he is believed to have been working as a researcher, was pronounced dead at the scene.
No one else was injured and no other car was involved in the collision.
Listowel Fianna Fáil councillor Jimmy Moloney, extended his sympathies to the Thornton family and described Mr Thornton's death as "a tragic loss of life".
Three units of the Limerick City Fire Service attended the crash site, along with gardai and an ambulance crew.
Gardai closed the road to allow an examination of the crash scene by a Garda Forensic Collision Investigator.
A source in Listowel said Mr Thornton was a skilled footballer and hurler.
"He played hurling with Lixnaw and football with Finuge where Éamonn Fitzmaurice and Paul Galvin and many more learned their skills."
"He's a first cousin of Eamonn Fitzmaurice, and so he would have big links within local GAA circles."
"It's very sad," they added.