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Sunday 19 January 2020

Musician dies of his injuries after road accident

A MAN who died in hospital following a serious traffic accident at the weekend has been named as Taidhg Burke.

Mr Burke, who was in his early 30s and from Bantry, Co Cork, was the bass player and songwriter of the Calvinists, which was described by the 'New York Times' as a band playing "straight up rock with a country accent".

Last night, his grieving mother Sandie issued an appeal through the band for everyone to "please, please take a lesson from this tragedy, to stay safe on the roads, wear a seatbelt and please try to make the right decision when driving at all times".

The band said they were deeply saddened that Taidhg "our bass player, friend and brother" had passed away, adding: "Taidhg was so loved by everyone who knew him. He was a fantastic songwriter, bass player, performer and friend."

The family and band said "a huge thank you" to everyone for their support. Details of the wake and funeral will be announced in the coming days.

Tributes were paid to Mr Burke by fans and the music community, with 'Love Music, Hate Racism' describing him as a "brilliant and humble man."

He had been seriously injured in an accident at Bridge Street in his home town of Bantry shortly after 4am on Sunday October 20. He was taken to Bantry General Hospital, where he died yesterday.


Gardai have renewed their appeal for information and witnesses are asked to contact Bantry Garda station at 027 20860, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Meanwhile the occupants of an apartment complex had a narrow escape when a car crashed, stopping just inches from their front door.

The single-vehicle accident happened on the Quin Road on the outskirts of Ennis, Co Clare at around 9.30am yesterday.

The car mounted a kerb and smashed through a tree before skidding towards the apartment door. Rescue workers arriving at the scene found the car empty.

Gardai subsequently located the driver a short time later but he had no explanation why he left the scene.

The man claimed he had swerved to avoid another car and his account was backed up by an eyewitness.

Irish Independent

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