Girlfriend pays tribute to Irish man killed in road accident
The girlfriend of an Irish man who was killed in a car crash in Australia has described him as the love of her life.
Alan Haughey died after the car he was travelling in crashed in Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
The 28-year-old was a passenger in the single-vehicle incident which happened on Saturday afternoon.
The Craigavon man had emigrated to Australia less than a month ago and recently posted of his excitement about the move, on his Facebook page.
Mr Haughey worked as a mechanic for Murray Engineering which is based in Kalgoorlie, a Western Australian town located 370 miles east of Perth.
His brokenhearted girlfriend, Elaine Ni Meachair, who is believed to be in Australia, posted a photograph of Mr Haughey on her Facebook page with a simple tribute: "The love of my life! Xxxx."
A local newspaper, the West Australian, reported that the blue Toyota Landcruiser he was travelling in lost control while on an unsealed road surface.
It claimed that, at a road junction, the driver of the vehicle, a 24-year-old Kalgoorlie Man, failed to negotiate a turn and lost control.
The vehicle is said to have left the road and rolled several times, coming to rest on its roof.
Mr Haughey, who was a back-seat passenger, was reportedly thrown from the vehicle and suffered major injuries. He died at the scene.
The front seat passenger, another 24-year-old Kalgoorlie man, suffered minor injuries.
It is believed both passengers in the vehicle were not wearing their seatbelts at the time.
The driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Kalgoorlie Health Campus for medical treatment.
The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust is helping the Haughey family bring the young man's body home. Colin Bell, who runs the trust, explained that the Claddagh Association, a support group for members of the Irish community based in Perth will also assist the Craigavon man's family.
He said: "We will be taking him home from Perth.
"I spoke to his brother Mark on Sunday about what we could do.
"His body will be taken to Perth and an autopsy will be carried out and the Claddagh Association will look after the arrangements and we will then pay for it."
Mr Bell explained that the Trust has now helped take four bodies home from Perth in the last two weeks. Since the Trust was formed over two years ago, it has helped repatriate up to 15 bodies from Perth alone.
The vice principal of Lismore Comprehensive, which Alan attended, described him as a good student.
Dolores Foster said: "He made a very positive contribution to the life of the school during his time at Lismore.
"The Lismore School community is very saddened and we want to express our condolences to the family circle at this very tragic time."
His friend, Jordan Breslin posted on Facebook that he was proud to have known him.
"A man that strived to attain legendary status the world over.
"To the people who knew him, and I am proud to say I am one of them, he absolutely was," Mr Breslin said.