Belfast Telegraph

Brother of IRA hunger-striker Raymond McCreesh killed in car crash with lorry

BY CLAIRE GRAHAM

The brother of an IRA hunger-striker has died in a fatal car crash – the eighth person killed on Northern Ireland's roads since the start of the year.

Patsy McCreesh was killed after a collision on the Forkhill Road outside Meigh in south Armagh at around 7pm last night.

In the two-vehicle crash, a lorry crushed the car and the ambulance services were called to the area between the Railway Road and Low Road.

It is understood the 67-year-old was driving out of a gate when a grain lorry was in collision with his car.

Mr McCreesh is originally from St Malachy's Park in Camlough and a native of the parish of Lower Killeavy in South Armagh.

He was was one of eight children.

Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy said he was saddened to hear of the loss.

"I share the shock of the local community here on learning of the tragic passing of Patsy McCreesh who was a brother of hunger striker Raymond McCreesh.

"The McCreesh family are held in the highest esteem in Camlough, in south Armagh and across Ireland and I am very saddened that such heartbreak should visit this family.

"I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Patsy's brothers and sisters and to his entire circle of family and friends. I know that the community of south Armagh will come together to offer their support at this time."

SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley described Patsy as an extremely outgoing, friendly man with a deep faith.

"I'd like to express my condolences to his partner, brothers and sister and extended family.

"He really was a vivacious man, highly respected in the community."

When a playground was named after Mr McCreesh's IRA hunger-striker brother, Raymond, last year, it caused controversy.

Raymond McCreesh was linked to the killing of 10 Protestants in the Kingsmills massacre in 1976.

He died in the Maze prison after 61 days on hunger strike in 1981.

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