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Irishman killed in hit-and-run in Cambodia will be remembered for 'his enthusiasm for life', says grieving family

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Tomás Beecher will be remembered for his 'enthusiasm for life'

Tomás Beecher will be remembered for his 'enthusiasm for life'

Tomás Beecher will be remembered for his 'enthusiasm for life'

The family of a young Irishman who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident in Cambodia have said he will be remembered for his 'enthusiasm for life'.

Tomás Beeacher (30), from Cork, died when he was struck by a vehicle in Phnom Penh in Cambodia on Sunday morning.

In a statement issued this afternoon, his family said Tomás will be 'fondly remembered by family and friends for his enthusiasm for life'.

"Tomás was living abroad in South Korea teaching English for the last couple of years and had moved to Cambodia in March to follow his dream of starting a business," the statement reads.

"Tomás was the youngest of a family of 8 and went to school in ColáisteanChraoibhin, Fermoy.  His love of music led him to qualify as a sound engineer.

"Tomás was home in June for a family wedding & is fondly remembered by family and friends for his enthusiasm for life," they continued.

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Padraig O'Dea in action for Kilmaine GAA Club in 2012. Photo: Michael Donnelly

Padraig O'Dea in action for Kilmaine GAA Club in 2012. Photo: Michael Donnelly

Padraig O'Dea in action for Kilmaine GAA Club in 2012. Photo: Michael Donnelly

"The Beecher family would like to thank extended family, neighbours and friends for their support at this difficult time."

Meanwhile, Padraig O'Dea (26) from Mayo died from injuries after falling from the back of a moving taxi in London.

Padraig O'Dea from Kilmaine, Ballinrobe sustained serious head injuries around 1am yesterday after falling from a taxi on Alexandra Road in Harrow, North West London. He later died in a London hospital.

The taxi driver had travelled only a short distance when he saw that his rear tailgate was open and a man rolling behind the vehicle. Scotland Yard has appealed for witnesses to come forward to help officers discover how the man ended up in the taxi.

His GAA club Kilmaine paid tribute to him as a man with the "heart of a lion on the field and a gentleman off it".

The heartbroken families of both men are now making arrangements to have their sons remains brought home for burial.

Irish Independent