Garda crash kills popular footballer

October 6, 2014

The Garda Siochona Ombudsman Commission is investigating the death of popular GAA star Eamon Carroll who was killed when he was struck by a Garda patrol car near Bellurgan on the main Carlingford to Dundalk Road, just eight hours before the fatal police crash on Newry’s A1 carriageway which killed two Belfast based nuns.

The former Louth Junior Footballer was walking along the R173 between Dundalk and Carlingford, when he was struck by the Garda car at around 1.20am last Tuesday morning.

Mr Caroll, who was the son of the former editor of the Dundalk Democrat Joe Carroll, was a forward with the St Patrick’s GFC team from nearby Lordship who had just won their sixth Louth Senior Football Championship final on the Sunday before the fatal accident.

The well known footballer had earlier celebrated his latest win at a nearby bar and was walking to his family home in Bellurgan when the tragedy unfolded.

The patrol car was not in pursuit and a spokeswoman for the Garda ombudsman confirmed that the accident happened on a “dark stretch” of road.

As a mark of respect, his club suspended all activities opened a book of condolence at their complex in Lordship.

In a statement Louth GAA extended its “sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Eamon Carroll who died tragically last night. The thoughts of the entire GAA Community within the county are with Eamon’s family, friends and the St Patrick’s Club at this sad time.”

The Garda watchdog has appealed for witnesses to the incident or anyone with any information relevant to its investigation, to contact them.