Monday 23 April 2018

Rally driver killed in race just weeks after becoming a father

Paul Mulcahy: veteran driver
Paul Mulcahy: veteran driver

Mark O'Regan and Conor Kane

A RALLY driver who became a father for the first time just nine weeks ago has been killed in a crash.

Paul Mulcahy (37), from Kilgobnet outside Dungarvan, Co Waterford, suffered serious injuries when the Toyota Starlet he was driving hit a stone wall. He was an experienced member of the rallying circuit who took part in many of the major races over the years.

The crash happened at about 1.30pm yesterday during stage four of the Ravens Rock Rally in Co Waterford, on the road between Kill and Carroll's Cross.

The rest of the rally was cancelled as a mark of respect. He was pronounced dead after being taken to Waterford Regional Hospital. His co-driver, Kevin Power, was also taken to hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Paul and his wife Fiona Power, from Kilrossanty in Co Waterford, had only celebrated the birth of their first baby just over two months ago.

The little boy is also called Paul.

"His father was involved in rally driving for years and years and since Paul was able to walk he was into maintaining cars and fixing engines," his uncle Joe Mulcahy told the Irish Independent.

"Even though he worked for another guy, he had his own garage with all the gear in his own house.

"He was excellent at rallying and was driving competitive rallies for years."

Motor sport enthusiasts last night paid tribute to the seasoned rally driver. He worked as a panel-beater at Mulhearne's Garage in Mahonbridge in Co Waterford.

He was the son of Tony and Breda Mulcahy from Kilgobnet, and had one brother, Brian, and two sisters, Orla and Sinead.

The road remained sealed off after the collision while gardai carried out a forensic road examination. In a statement on its website last night, Motorsport Ireland said it "deeply regrets" the death of Paul Mulcahy.

Separately, a motorcyclist in his 20s was killed in a single-vehicle road crash on a slip road off the M50 in Ballymount.

The male motorcyclist in his 20s was fatally injured when the motorcycle he was driving crashed on the Embankment Road at the slip road on to the M50 Northbound at Junction 10.

The accident occurred at 6.30am yesterday and no other vehicles were involved.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Tallaght Hospital.

Gardai have appealed for any witnesses to contact them at Tallaght garda station on (01) 666 6000.

Irish Independent

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