Talented footballer killed after celebrating his 26th birthday
A talented young GAA player has been killed in a horrific car crash. The popular footballer, from Silverbridge, Co Armagh, was named locally last night as Brian Hearty, who turned 26 on Saturday, according to gardai.
He was killed when the car he was driving hit a wall shortly after midnight yesterday on the Dundalk to Castleblayney Road at Rathmore, Kilkerley, Co Louth.
Noel Reel, chairman of Silverbridge Harps GAA club, said "the whole village and not just the club" was in mourning following the death of Mr Hearty, who was widely known as Bob.
"He was a talented member of the senior panel," said Mr Reel.
The club offered its condolences to Mr Hearty's family on its Facebook page yesterday.
Local SDLP councillor Peter Byrne said Mr Hearty was "known and loved by all in the community".
"He was a lively character, very outgoing. Everyone knew him and everyone is shocked," he said.
"We couldn't believe it when we heard. He was an absolute character."
It is believed that Mr Hearty, who worked in the coal business, had attended a charity event earlier in the day.
He is understood to have met up with friends in nearby Dundalk on Saturday night before the tragedy occurred.
Meanwhile, the Garda Ombudsman is investigating after a garda patrol car was involved in a collision with a people carrier in Waterford early on Saturday.
It is understood that the female driver of a Citroen Picasso is in a serious condition in University Hospital, Waterford.