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Now RTE star Tony O'Donoghue ends up in car crash while on Ireland duty


Tony O'Donoghue

Tony O'Donoghue

Tony O'Donoghue

RTE soccer correspondent Tony O’Donoghue narrowly avoided serious injury following a road collision last night.

The commentator was on his way to interview goalkeeper Shay Given at the team hotel when the incident took place on the northside of Dublin just before 6pm.

Tony thanked Irish team doctor Alan Byrne who treated him afterwards at the hotel.

“Thanks to all who sent good wishes after tonight’s accident. Glad to report everyone well. Love to @FAIreland Doc Alan Byrne,” he said on twitter.

It is understood he had turned off the M1 motorway in his black Lexus Hybrid when the collision took place near Bewley’s Hotel as he travelled towards Portmarnock.

A vehicle collided into the left-hand side of Mr O’Donoghue’s car and his vehicle then collided with another vehicle.

None of the drivers suffered serious injury and afterwards, Mr O’Donoghue made his way to Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links. He was examined by team doctor and FAI Medical Director, Dr Alan Byrne.

“It’s nothing to worry about, it was a small collision when I was on my way out to the team hotel to interview Shay Given,” Mr O’Donoghue told the Herald.

“It was at about 5.45pm, two cars were involved along with my own,” he said. “I went up to the hotel afterwards and was seen by the team doctors but nothing to report.

“I continued on reporting and interviewed Shay in the end. The car is fine, gardai said it’s good to drive, so I drove it home.”

Most of the Irish squad were at the cinema last night relaxing ahead of tomorrow’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland.

Mr O’Donoghue admitted  his road accident had an uncanny similarity to another road traffic collision earlier this week involving team managers Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill.

Their vehicle was rear ended while they were travelling on the M50 on Tuesday evening.

“It was a bit like Roy and Martin the other day,” Mr O’Donoghue said.