Tributes paid to 19-year-old GAA star after weekend of carnage on the country’s road

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Darragh Doherty RIP
Darragh Doherty RIP

Tributes have been paid to minor GAA star Darragh Doherty, who was one of seven people to die in a weekend of carnage on the country’s road.

The 19-year-old died after his car hit a wall near Ballinrobe at around 10.30pm.

His club Kilmaine led the tributes to a young man described as “a winner (and) a leader.”

“It is with profound sadness and shock that Kilmaine GAA announce the untimely passing of club player of Darragh Doherty, Ballyhenry, Kilmaine, Co.Mayo,” the club wrote on Facebook.

“Darragh was an outstanding footballer who bought honour and glory to club and county.

"Darragh was a winner, a leader, expecting the high standards of all those around him, that he delivered himself.

“Kilmaine GAA wishes to extend its sympathies to his parents Margaret and Tom, his brothers, Cathal, Adrian, David and Gerard and all of his extended family and friends.”

A passenger in the car, a man in his late teens, was also injured in the incident. He was taken by ambulance to Mayo General Hospital where his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

A 70-year-old man also died on Sunday after a car crash in Ballintra, Co Donegal.

The two-car collision happened on the N15 near Drumcroil, Ballintra at about 10.30pm on Sunday.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene while three other passengers travelling with him were taken to Sligo General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Three men died on Sunday evening after a crash on the A1 dual carriageway in Co Down.

The two-car collision in Co Down happened shortly before 6pm on the road between Banbridge and Dromore.

Two men also died in other road crashes in Co Donegal and Co Cork.

Gardaí in Buncrana are investigating a single- vehicle crash in which a 19-year-old male passenger died when the car he was travelling in left the road at Tooban in Burnfoot.

The crash happened at about 4.30am on Sunday.

Marty Strain from Brae Road, Burnfoot, was killed instantly and a 19-year-old woman is in a serious condition at Letterkenny General Hospital.

The driver of the car, also a 19-year-old man, was taken to hospital but is understood not to be seriously injured.

And 41-year-old man was killed in Ballinrush, Kilworth, Co Cork, on Saturday at 4pm when his motorcycle collided with a car.

He has been named as TJ Sweetnam from Ballinrush, Kilworth.