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'Impressed everyone' M6 crash victim Karzan Sabah is conferred with a posthumous PhD from NUI Galway

At the time Teagasc said it was clear Karzan was going to make a significant contribution and achieve his goals

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Karzan died on August 19 alongside his wife Shahen and baby daughter Lina

Karzan died on August 19 alongside his wife Shahen and baby daughter Lina

Karzan died on August 19 alongside his wife Shahen and baby daughter Lina

Karzan Sabah who died along with his wife and child in a collision near Ballinasloe earlier this year has been conferred with a posthumous PhD from NUI Galway. 

A conferral and memorial were held for Karzan who died on August 19 alongside his wife Shahen and baby daughter Lina when the car they were travelling in was hit by a driver driving the wrong way down the M6.

The family who was originally from the Kurdistan region of north Iraq had been living in Galway city while Karzan was completing a PhD in Environmental Science at NUIG.

However, they had plans to relocate to Carlow where Karzan had taken up a role with Teagasc, the Agricultural and Food Development Authority.

At the time, the state agency said it was clear Karzan was going to make a significant contribution and achieve his goals.

In a statement that expressed their sadness at the tragic deaths while paying tribute to their colleague, the agency said: “After completing his PhD in Environmental Science in a joint NUIG – Teagasc FarmEcos project, Karzan commenced a research position in Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow on the BioCrops Project.

“Although Karzan had only recently started working with us he had already impressed everyone who met him with his enthusiasm, work ethic and friendly demeanour.

“A skilled entomologist with extensive experience in Iraq, UK and Ireland, Karzan had already published widely, and it was clear he was going to make a significant contribution and achieve his goals.

“At this time, our thoughts and prayers go out to Karzan and Shahen’s families in Iraq and their extended network of friends in the Irish Kurdish community,” Teagasc said.

Yesterday evening NUI Galway posthumously conferred Karzan’s PhD and held a memorial service honouring him, his wife and daughter.

Head of Chaplaincy at NUI Galway Fr Ben Hughes said the college was keen to ensure Karzan’s academic work was recognised and his family remembered.

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