Sunday 15 September 2019

Tributes to GAA ref who died after 'cherrypicker' fall

Peter Downey
Peter Downey

Mark O'Regan

The family of a leading GAA referee - who died after a 'cherrypicker' he was working on toppled over - has paid special tribute to a "loving and devoted" father.

Peter Downey (55), a father of four from Inniscarra, Cork, was working as a contractor at the Bus Éireann Capwell garage in Cork city when the accident occurred last Monday.

He suffered serious head injuries and tragically passed away in Cork University Hospital on Friday.

A devoted grandfather to six grandchildren, he was a member of the Cork GAA Referees Committee.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, his brother Liam said he "lived for his family".

"His life was all about his wife, his children, and his grandchildren.

"He was an avid GAA supporter, and was a well known referee throughout the 32 counties.

"He was also very well respected in camogie circles, and was one of the top referees in Ireland."

Mr Downey operated his own business, and specialised in industrial coach and bus washing systems.

Liam said the family is in the dark as to what caused the cherrypicker to fall over.

Irish Independent

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