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Heartbreak at death of Vinnie in dive tragedy

WARM TRIBUTES have been paid to a young Wexford Sub Aqua Club diver who tragically lost his life in a diving accident on Saturday.

25-year-old Vincent 'Vinnie' O'Brien got into difficulties while diving with three sub aqua club colleagues in an area south of the Saltee Islands, known locally as Cunningmore Rock. The coastguard was alerted when an emergency call went out from the coxswain of the group's dive support boat shortly before 9 a.m.

Local fisherman Philip Walsh's Ocean Breaker was first on the scene and Vincent's three diving partners were brought on board the fishing vessel.

Vinnie was winched from the water a short time later by the crew of the rescue helicopter despatched from Waterford. Attempts were made to resuscitate him whilst he was being transported to Waterford Regional Hospital but they were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead on arrival. A TOY car and a model tractor were among the flowers laid at the side of the road in Upper Rathnure marking the spot where 19 year old motor enthusiast Martin O'Gorman suffered fatal injuries at the weekend.

The son of Patrick and Christina O'Gorman from Ballyhighland in Caim was driving with a friend when his Fiat Uno was in collision with the oncoming car driven by local woman Carmel Foley from Killanne.

Ms. Foley and the passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash, which occurred shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday morning.

But the young man behind the wheel of the Fiat had to be cut from his vehicle by members of the fire brigade from Enniscorthy who attended the scene.

Martin O'Gorman was brought from Rathnure to Wexford General Hospital but he was later transferred to St. Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin where he was pronounced dead.

The scene of the accident on the Rathnure to New Ross road was examined by Garda experts as the force compiled a file on the tragic incident.

The collision occurred beside Hennessy's garage, a well known local landmark on the road out of Rathnure, not far from the Corner House public house.

The deceased is one of three children in the family of Patrick and Christina O'Gorman resident at Ballyhighland with his two younger sisters Linda and Lucy.

A former student at Enniscorthy Vocational College, he had a reputation as a lively, likeable and energetic young man, with a limitless enthusiasm for engines.

Much of his life was spent under bonnets of various vehicles and he had a particular aptitude for looking after the old tractors which were his passion and the outlet for his mechanical talents.

He is still remembered from his schooldays for appearing in the midst of winter snowfall, reporting for lessons aboard a tractor at a time when most car drivers were reluctant to take to the road.

The remains of Martin O'Gorman were released after post mortem to his grieving family by the authorities at St. Vincent's yesterday.

Sunday's accident sparked a full call out of the emergency services in the small hours of the morning, as a Garda patrol attended the scene, along with ambulance and fire service crews.

Two units of the fire brigade were mobilised, with firemen required not only use their cutting equipment, but also to clear the road of the debris that littered the awful scene.

Martin will repose at his residence from 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) with removal tomorrow( Wednesday) to St. John the Baptist church in Caim for 12 noon funeral Mass, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemete