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High waves in Youghal, Co. Cork as storm Barra bears down on Ireland. Photo: Damien Storan

High waves in Youghal, Co. Cork as storm Barra bears down on Ireland. Photo: Damien Storan

High waves in Youghal, Co. Cork as storm Barra bears down on Ireland. Photo: Damien Storan

A former champion hurler and a well-known GAA referee died in road accidents as Storm Barra battered the country on Tuesday.

PJ Mahoney, aged in his 70s, from Ardrahan, Co Galway, died when his car was in collision with another vehicle on the N18 at Kiltartan, close to his home, about 3.35pm.

A man in his 30s suffered non-life threatening injuries in the incident.

The death of farmer Mr Mahoney, from Tulira, Ardrahan, has caused shock in the area.

He was the goalkeeper on the Ardrahan team that won the Galway senior hurling championship in 1974, 1975 and 1978.

His father, Junior Mahoney, was the goalkeeper on the Galway senior team that captured the county’s first All-Ireland title, in 1923.

Galway GAA chairman Pat Kearney said: “It’s a terrible tragedy for the Mahoney family, the second time in a month that they have had to deal with a death in the family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.

“PJ and his family are steeped in the GAA and gave wonderful service not just to the organisation but to farming and many differ-
ent activities in the community.

A pedestrian who died in a road incident in Co Tipperary has been named as GAA referee Kieran ‘Feisty’ Delaney (48), from Toomevara.

Mr Delaney was walking on the R499 between Toomevara and Ballinamona Cross shortly after 10pm on Tuesday when he was struck with a car.

The driver of the car, a man in his 20s, was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Mr Delaney refereed several top championship games in Tipperary and last year was the man in black for the county 
intermediate hurling final.

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In a Facebook post, 
Toomevara GAA Club said: “An extremely passionate Toomevara man, Kieran was involved with the club from a young age and an active member of the clubs committee.

“Widely known in North Tipperary GAA circles, he will be missed by many.”


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