Sunday 17 November 2019

New Zealand crash kills Cavan farm worker (22)

Martin Cadden
Martin Cadden
New Zealand Police confirmed death of Irish man in road crash

Mark O'Regan

A young Irish man who died in a road crash in New Zealand had celebrated his birthday just four days earlier.

Martin Cadden, who is from the parish of Loughduff in Mullahoran, Co Cavan, was killed when his car stuck a tree in the town of Leeston in Canterbury.

Mr Cadden was alone in the vehicle when he lost control on Lake Road on Friday night local time.

He had turned 22 on December 29.

The "farming fanatic" had studied at Ballyhaise Agricultural College before moving to New Zealand in late 2013 with a group of "lifelong friends".

He was on a working visa and was living in Southbridge where he worked as an agricultural contractor for Ellesmere Agricultural Ltd.

Shocked neighbours said the whole community has been "plunged into state of utter shock."

"He was really outgoing, friendly and got on with everybody he met. He was mad into farming and enjoyed it so much," one local said.

"His two cousins were with him in New Zealand, and another guy was a next -oor neighbour of his first cousins. They were all very close."

Leeston, where the accident occurred, is located 40km south-west of Christchurch.

"He was a gentleman and always had a smile on his face. He was involved in GAA as a young kid and played at U-12 and U-14 level for Mullahoran GAA club," another neighbour told the Irish Independent.

"If he was playing full back you weren't getting past him because he was very strong.

"From the age of 17 he was away working in England, America, and then New Zealand. He was involved in farm work from a young age, and that's why he moved overseas so that he'd get more experience.

"He was in England for around two years, from 2010 to 2012.

"Every summer he was involved in some form of agricultural work.

"He has two sisters: one is 10 and the other is around 24.

"I don't think he was home for Christmas - I believe the last time he was back in Ireland was last spring.

"He came home because he had to wait until his second visa came through so that he could return to New Zealand."

Police said Mr Cadden had lost control of his vehicle, which then hit a tree.

Irish Independent

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