GAA Star Killed in Accident Just One Day After Winning County Final
Former Louth junior footballer Eamon Carroll suffered fatal injuries when he was knocked down in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The 33-year-old was struck by a Garda patrol car just a day after he had won his sixth senior championship title with Louth club, St Patrick’s GFC.
According to The Mirror, the local footballer was believed to be walking home to his family home in Bellurgan when the incident occurred on what the Garda ombudsman confirmed was a “dark stretch of road.”
Eamon Carroll died in a tragic accident in the early hours of this morning. (Pic via Louth GAA)
Mr. Carroll’s club had scooped their sixth senior football county championship title on Sunday with a 1-10 to 1-8 victory over the Dreadnots. The talented forward had scored a point in the final and was celebrating his sixth county medal with the club, having played a part in their 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011 and 2012 victories.
Known as ‘Finch’ to his friends, former DCU student, Mr. Carroll was a hugely popular member of the local community.
RIP Eamon Carroll. One of the nicest families you could meet. Like your father, you were a gent and a great footballer to boot. A sad day :(
— James Rogers (@jamesdundalk) September 30, 2014
A spokesperson for the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) confirmed: “A road traffic collision involving a Garda patrol car and a pedestrian was referred to GSOC in the early hours of this morning. The collision took place at approximately 1.20am outside Bellurgan, on the main Carlingford to Dundalk road.”
A GSOC investigation has been launched into the accident.
A book of condolences has been opened at St. Patrick’s GFC for Eamon. All club activities have been suspended until further notice
@PatsGFC have opened a book of condolence following the tragic death of well known player Eamon Carroll. Book is at the Complex.
— Colm Corrigan (@CorriganColm) September 30, 2014
Deepest sympathy to the family & friends of Eamonn Carroll #RIP
— Darren Clarke (@clarkie2015) September 30, 2014