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shell-shocked Body of popular Irishman killed in San Francisco hit and run to be brought home

Irish community left devastated by shocking death of gentleman Barry McGrath


Barry McGrath

Barry McGrath

Barry McGrath

A funeral mass is taking place in San Francisco this week for a popular Irishman who was killed in a hit and run. 

Galway native Barry McGrath was travelling in an Uber car when it was struck by an individual driving a stolen vehicle on Saturday night.

The black Audi SUV hit the SUV Barry was a passenger in at 46th Avenue and Lincoln Way at around 7.30pm and fled the scene, San Francisco Police said.

Barry was taken to the local hospital with life-threatening injuries where he later died.

A notice on RIP.ie says that on this Thursday, February 3, there will be Visitation at St Philip the Apostle Church, San Francisco from 6pm followed by Funeral Mass for Barry McGrath at 7pm (Pacific Time).

Barry's remains will then be repatriated to Ireland funeral is due to take place early next week.

The notice reads: “The death has occurred of McGrath Barry of ‘The Wood’, Cregmore, Claregalway, Galway/and San Francisco on January 29, following a tragic car accident in San Francisco.

“Barry is predeceased by his loving dad John.

“He will be forever missed by his heartbroken family, his mam Bernie, sisters Emma and Lisa, his brother Brian and his wife Síofra and by his three adored nephews Ben, Eddie and Timmy, his granny Peggie Duffy, his aunts and uncles, his wonderful circle of first cousins and all his extended family. Barry will be missed by all his good friends here and overseas.”

Dozens of tributes have been left in the condolences section to Barry, who has been described as a “gentleman”.

“Condolences to Bernie and family, Peggy Duffy on the passing of Barry. Thinking of you all during the day's to come,” one reads. “May Barry rest in peace.”

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Another adds: “Bernie our deepest sympathy to you and all your family and Mrs Duffy all Barry's aunts uncle and cousins on such a tragic loss to you all will be in our thoughts and prayers at all times may your beloved Barry.”

One other person has written: “Bernie it's with a heavy heart to hear of Barry passing. There are no words to say to you and your family our thoughts and prayers are with you and Peggy Emma, Lias, Brian all Barry's aunts ,uncles, cousins and may friends. So sorry Bernie your beautiful son taken from you so soon .We are praying for you and all your family may Barry's rest in peace.”

Barry played a was a big part in the local Irish and GAA community in San Francisco,

He was a member of San Francisco GAA, and the organisation extended its condolences to his family and friends in a Facebook post.

It said: "SFGAA are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Barry McGrath. A Galway native, Treasurer of our Board, Chairperson and player for St. Joseph's Hurling Club - Silicon Valley.

"He also played for San Francisco Sons of Boru/Celts, and was a highly regarded member of the Bay Area Irish community.

"As we begin to process this tragic news, we will keep you informed as we receive further updates. We ask you to keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."

St Joseph's Hurling Club in Silicon Valley added that Barry "was always there for anyone as a friend".

The club said: "We are all deeply saddened with the passing of our Friend, Player & Chairman Barry McGrath over the weekend.

"Barry was always there for anyone as a friend, always the first person to volunteer to help the club and was heavily involved in the San Francisco GAA community.

"We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Barry's Family and are offering our support in any way possible.

A member of the United Irish Cultural Center added: "On behalf of the United Irish Cultural Center community I want to express my deepest sympathies to Barry's family and his extended GAA family here locally.

"We are shell shocked to say the least. A gentleman I got to know while fulfilling his asks to referee games on Treasure Island."

Meanwhile, San Francisco Police are continuing to hunt the driver of the other car.

They said in a statement that they responded to a hit-and-run collision between a Honda SUV and an Audi SUV at 46th Ave and Lincoln Ave on Saturday night.

The severity of the collision caused "life-threatening injuries to a rear passenger of the Honda SUV," police said.

"The passenger was transported to SFGH, where he ultimately succumbed to those injuries.

"The driver of the Honda was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"The driver of the Audi fled the scene prior to police arrival."

The police statement continued: "During the course of the investigation it was determined the Audi SUV involved was reported stolen out of San Francisco on January 12, 2022. The suspect driver is described as a white male, approximately 45 years old, with a bald head and possibly over six feet tall."

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