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'Role model' Tributes pour in for tragic Daragh Lee who died in Laois crash

The 19-year-old, from Mountmellick in Co. Laois, died in hospital from his injuries after the accident on the N80 between Portlaoise and Mountmellick on Saturday.

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Daragh Lee (19)

Daragh Lee (19)

Daragh Lee (19)

Tributes are being paid to a teenager who died in a tragic traffic accident in Co. Laois on Saturday.

Daragh Lee (19), from Mountmellick in Laois and formerly of Crumlin in Dublin, died in hospital from his injuries after the collision on the N80 between Portlaoise and Mountmellick.

The crash involving a van and a male pedestrian in his teens happened around 7:30am yesterday morning.

His heartbroken father Mark paid tribute to his son online on Saturday night.

He said: “Early this morning my world changed forever, my son, Daragh, 19yo, was tragically taken from us, he lit up a room with his smile and I could not have been prouder of him. Taken from me but never forgotten.”

Mountmellick GAA club, where Mark looks after the grounds, also posted a tribute to the young man, writing: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of our caretaker Mark Lee's son, Daragh.

“Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with Daragh's friends and family during this devastating time. Ar dhéis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”

And Daragh’s former football club Mountmellick United said that they were saddened by his untimely passing before holding a minute’s silence during their senior game in Birr this morning.

In a social media post, the club said: “Like everyone else who knew Daragh, we’re still finding it hard to take in the tragic news of his untimely passing.

“A soccer fanatic, Daragh represented us with pride and distinction for many years and is fondly remembered by the club as someone who always gave his all but more importantly was a super teammate and role model.

“His dad Mark is a frequent presence in Conor Davis Park and to Mark and all Daragh’s family and friends we extend our most heartfelt sympathy.

“As a mark of respect, all of our senior men's and ladies fixtures today will commence with a minutes silence for Daragh. May he rest in peace.”

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