Mayo footballer Darragh Doherty killed in overnight road accident

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The man who died in a Mayo road accident last night has been named as footballer Darragh Doherty.

The 19-year-old from Kilmaine, Co Mayo, died after the car he was driving struck a wall on the N84 at Carrowmore, near Ballinrobe at around 10.30pm last night.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Mayo General Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

A passenger in the car, a man in his late teens, was taken by ambulance to Mayo General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

His local club, Kilmaine GAA, paid tribute to Darragh today.

“It is with profound sadness and shock that Kilmaine GAA announce the untimely passing of club player of Darragh Doherty, Ballyhenry, Kilmaine, Co.Mayo,” a club statement read.

“Darragh was an outstanding footballer who bought honour and glory to club and county.

“He was a member of the All-Ireland Minor team of 2013 which brought the Tom Markham Cup back to Mayo after a 28 year gap, scoring 1-02 in the final.

Darragh Doherty, left, and Tommy Conroy lift the Tom Markham cup

“This was his second All-Ireland medal as he helped bring honour to Kilmaine, leading the U-15 Community games indoor soccer team to glory at National level. He also won several divisional and county titles with Kilmaine and Carras underage teams.

“Darragh was a winner, a leader, expecting the high standards of all those around him, that he delivered himself.

“Kilmaine GAA wishes to extend its sympathies to his parents Margaret and Tom, his brothers, Cathal, Adrian, David and Gerard and all of his extended family and friends.

“Kilmaine GAA also extends their good wishes and support to the Heneghan family and we wish Niall a speedy recovery.”

The road is closed to traffic and for a forensic examination.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Claremorris Garda Station on 094-9372080 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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