Wednesday 25 April 2018

GAA star dies after being hit by Garda patrol car

Eamon Carroll died two days after winning county title

Eamon Carroll died tragically in the early hours of this morning. Picture credit: Arthur Kinahan
Eamon Carroll died tragically in the early hours of this morning. Picture credit: Arthur Kinahan

Cormac Byrne and Sarah Stack

St Patrick's GAA club in Louth has been plunged into grief following the news that their forward Eamon Carroll has died after he was struck by a garda patrol car in the early hours of the morning.

Eamon Carroll, a 32-year-old man from Bellurgan, Co Louth, died when he was knocked down by a patrol car.

Mr Carroll was part of the St Pats team who secured a sixth county title with a 1-10 to 1-8 win over the Dreadnots on Sunday, scoring a point.

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is investigating the fatal road traffic accident, which happened at approximately 1.20am outside Bellurgan, on the R173 Carlingford to Dundalk road.

St Pat’s PRO Rose McEneaney appeared on LMFM today to lead the tributes to Mr Carroll.

“We can’t even begin to understand how his family are feeling. It’s tragic, tragic news. (He’s) a loss to his family, a loss to his club, a lovely guy, a gentleman from his head to his toes,” she said.

"A very talented footballer and a great servant to the club. It’s just hard to comprehend, a lot of us are around the complex here and nobody can talk.

“He was an extremely talented guy. Very fit, very fast. I mean he could score points from any angle where nobody could score them from. He could score them from the sideline, from anywhere. He was very talented and a lovely, lovely guy.”

St Pat’s have opened a book of condolences at the club’s complex.

Leinster rugby star Dave Kearney and numerous inter-county players with the Wee County were among many who passed on their condolences on social media today.

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