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Garda crash kills Gaelic footballer

A man knocked down and killed in an accident involving a Garda patrol car was a Gaelic footballer.

Eamon Carroll, 32, of Bellurgan, Co Louth played junior football for the county and had just celebrated winning a sixth championship with his local club St Patrick's GFC on Sunday.

The accident happened on the Carlingford to Dundalk road, the R173, at about 1.20am this morning.

Players and members of St Patrick's were said to be deeply shocked by the tragedy.

"We are all devastated," club spokeswoman Rose McEneaney said.

"Eamon was a lovely, lovely guy and a gentleman from his head to his toes. We just don't know what to say.

"We can't even begin to comprehend what his family are going through. Our thoughts are with them at this stage."

It is understood the Garda car was not in pursuit of any other vehicle at the time of the accident, which occurred on an unlit section of the road near a filling station.

The incident was referred to the Garda Ombudsman's office to investigate.

The watchdog said it sent a team of investigators to the crash site just outside Bellurgan for technical examinations and they also appealed for witnesses.

Mr Carroll, a forward on his club team, scored in the 1-10 to 1-8 victory over Dreadnots in Sunday's Louth county final in Drogheda on Sunday.

He was known by friends as Finch.

His father is Joe Carroll from Bellurgan Point, the former editor of The Dundalk Democrat who still writes a sports column for the paper.

A book of condolences has been opened at the club.

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