Saturday 16 December 2017

Galway football star injured in crash in which man (55) loses his life

Shane Walsh suffered a suspected broken finger and wrist in the collision
Shane Walsh suffered a suspected broken finger and wrist in the collision

John Fallon

THE young Galway GAA star Shane Walsh has been injured in a car crash in which a 55-year-old man died.

The 22-year old All-Star nominee will miss next weekend’s clash with champions Mayo after suffering a suspected broken finger and wrist in an accident which claimed the life of a Galway man in the early hours of this morning.

Walsh was taken to University College Hospital along with a 20-year old passenger  in the car in which the driver died, following the accident which gardai say happened at 2.20am at Cloonmore on the N17 outside Tuam.

The extent of the injuries suffered by Walsh are expected to be known on Monday but it is feared he will be out of football for the summer.

The 55-year old man who died in the accident was also very involved in the GAA and is well-known in the north Galway area where he worked as a taxi driver.

Walsh, a former All-Ireland U-21 winner, was also nominated for Young Player of the Year last season and produced one of the highlights of the summer with an audacious point against Tipperary in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

He had starred for Galway in a challenge match against Cork in Gort earlier on Friday evening.

The chairman of Galway football committee, Tadhg O Conghaile, said the sympathy of the GAA community was with the family of the deceased man and both who were injured.

“It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased man. He was very involved in the GAA himself and it is dreadful.

“Our thoughts are also with Shane and the other person injured in the accident and hopefully they will make a swift and full recovery,” he said.

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