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Country star Lisa cancels gig after bandmates are injured in car crash

By Leona O'Neill

Two members of country music queen Lisa McHugh's band have been injured in a serious car crash.

Drummer Simon Sheeran (30) and guitarist Daniel Martin (25) were hurt after their black Mercedes car was involved in a collision with an Audi A4 on the Augher Road in Clogher as they travelled home from a gig in Dundalk early yesterday morning.

Emergency services attended the scene of the incident which happened shortly after 3am as the pair drove home to Enniskillen in a convoy of cars carrying Lisa, her band and her staff.

The injured pair were ferried to Craigavon Area Hospital by ambulance for emergency medical treatment.

Martin was released from hospital later on Sunday morning, but Sheeran remains an inpatient, undergoing treatment for broken bones.

Lisa stayed at the hospital all night with her bandmates and cancelled a gig last night in Tipperary because of the crash.

The incident came just 24 hours after the group performed a gig at the Bannville Hotel in Banbridge, which was also attended by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley as part of a new show they are making for the BBC.

Lisa's manager Brian Jordan said their thoughts and prayers go out to their injured friends.

"As the band travelled home in the early hours of Sunday morning to Enniskillen, unfortunately two of them were injured in a car crash," he said.

"They were both hospitalised due to their injuries, which thankfully were not life-threatening. The entire band's thoughts and prayers are with our bandmates and we wish them both a speedy recovery."

He added: "Lisa was with Simon and Daniel at the hospital all night. Because they all travel on the same road home, she came across the crash on the way home and went to the hospital with them. She was very distressed, shocked and concerned for them and stayed until she knew they were going to be OK."

Announcing the postponement of her gig in Tipperary last night on her Facebook page, Lisa apologised to fans but said she was glad the pair would make a full recovery.

"Two of my band members were involved in a serious car accident last night on the way home from our show in Dundalk," she explained.

"Unfortunately the Tipperary show has been postponed to a later date. Thankfully both of them will make a full recovery, given time to heal.

"Apologies to any of you who had planned on travelling to see the show, we really hope to see you back there when we return".

Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them.

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