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Actor Oliver Moore in critical condition after being hit by car in Portadown

By Cate McCurry

A well-known Co Down actor is fighting for his life after being knocked down in Portadown at the weekend.

Gilford man Oliver Moore last night remained in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Mr Moore, who is in his 70s, was struck by the vehicle on Saturday in Market Street shortly before 3pm.

He was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries.

However, his condition further deteriorated yesterday.

Friends described him as a "gentleman" who is very well-liked.

A talented playwright, he is well-known for his leading role as Brendan Behan in the acclaimed play The Rare Oul Times, which was staged in theatres across Northern Ireland a number of years ago.

He is also a member of the choir in St Colman's Church in the neighbouring parish of Tullylish.

He spent more than 30 years in music, cabaret, acting and directing.

He studied drama and arts in the community at Queen's University in Belfast.

It's understood his condition deteriorated after he was admitted to hospital and he remains in too ill a state to undergo surgery at the minute.

Kevin Savage, a Sinn Fein councillor for the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, said the Gilford community was wishing him a quick recovery.

"Oliver is a great singer and a lovely gentleman and we all hope it works out for him," he said.

"He is big into the GAA and is a big Down supporter. He also wrote a couple of plays and is very well respected in the area.

"The chairman of the local Tullylish GAA club, who knows him well, said that the whole community is thinking of him and all our thoughts and prayers go out to him. We wish him a quick recovery."

Local SDLP councillor Seamus Doyle also wished him a speedy recovery.

The Belfast Trust said Mr Moore remained in a critical condition.

Police are appealing for anyone who was on Market Street at the time and who witnessed the collision to contact officers at Mahon Road on 101.

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