GAA fan killed in Qatar road accident

Luke Byrne

A FAMILY is in mourning following the death of a GAA fan, killed in what is believed to have been a road traffic accident in Qatar.

The exact circumstances of 22-year-old Darragh Walsh's death remain unconfirmed, but it is understood his taxi was involved in a crash in the western Asian state.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that it is providing consular assistance to the family of Mr Walsh, who is originally from The Neale in Co Mayo.

He died when the taxi he was travelling in crashed on Thursday night.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said the Irish embassy in Abu Dhabi had been in contact with the family.

"The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing assistance to the family of an Irishman who has died in Qatar," she said.

Mr Walsh had only recently moved to Qatar to take up employment.

Arrangements are now being put in place to bring his body back home.

He was a keen GAA fan and a minute's silence was observed in his honour before the Connacht senior football club championship final in Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon.

Mr Walsh was working with an Irish company in Qatar and had previously spent a year working in London.