Friday 23 March 2018

Uncle of Tipperary hurling pair dies in hit-and-run

Tommy Kelly who was knocked down and killed in Australia
Tommy Kelly who was knocked down and killed in Australia

Sean Ryan and Cormac McQuinn

THE uncle of two Tipperary hurling stars has been killed in a suspected hit-and-run incident in Australia.

Tommy Kelly (82), an uncle of Tipperary star Eoin Kelly and former hurler Paul, was found dead on a roadside in Melbourne.

Mr Kelly (inset), a father of four who worked as an athletics coach, emigrated to Australia more than 50 years ago but returned often to Mullinahone.

His brother, James, who is Eoin and Paul's father, said Mr Kelly had been "over the moon with their hurling" and used to come home to watch them play in All-Ireland finals.


He said one of his brother's daughters had told him of the tragic events over the weekend, saying: "It's a sad way to go."

He said: "He was going to a party for an athlete. He went into a house looking for directions and it must have happened when he came out."

Victoria Police spokeswoman Belinda Batty said a passer-by found Mr Kelly's body on Birmingham Road on Sunday.

James Kelly said: "He went out to Australia in 1956, the year Ronnie Delaney won in the Olympics.

"He was a PE teacher and was very much into athletics. He was a good runner and a good hurler.

"He was very much into athletics and the young people looked up to him."

Irish Independent

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