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Chef Michael Ginesi killed in road crash

By Staff Reporter

Tributes have been paid to a popular Co Armagh father of four who died in a road crash at the weekend.

Chef Michael Ginesi (34) lived in the Lurgan area and was coach of a youth football team.

He died after his car hit a tree on the Annesborough Road, Lurgan, at around 2.30am on Saturday.

It's believed he was returning home after cooking at a special event featuring rugby legend Warren Gatland in Portadown's Seagoe Hotel, where he worked.

His brother Ralph Jnr posted on Facebook: "Totally gutted my young brother Michael was tragically killed in a car accident last night, rest in peace bro."

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said: "So sorry to learn of the tragic death of Michael Ginesi who has died as a result of a road traffic accident.

"My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

"May he rest in peace."

Last night the Seagoe Hotel paid tribute to Mr Ginesi on its Facebook page, describing him as "a true gentleman that always had a kind word and a smile on his face".

"You are missed more than you could ever know by your team at the Seagoe," it said in a statement. "RIP, brother."

Describing Mr Ginesi as "an absolute gentleman", his football club, Oxford Sunnyside FC, said yesterday: "After an exciting night for the club we are quickly brought back down to earth this morning on the awful and devastating news that one of our own, Micky Ginesi, sadly passed away in a car accident.

"Micky was an absolute gentleman and always did his best for the club whether it be as a player or coach.

"He will be sadly missed by the Oxford Family. On behalf of everyone at Oxford Sunnyside FC we send our condolences to all the Ginesi family at this difficult time. RIP Micky."

The club has cancelled its regular Monday night training session in a gesture of respect.

Pal Killian Kerr posted on the club's social media channel: "Absolutely devastated by the news of Mickey's tragic death.

"One of the mainstays of our league-winning team and a guy you could always rely on. Never stopped running for his team mates.

"Most importantly was what a completely decent guy he was. You'll be sorely missed, my friend."

Mr Ginesi's funeral is to take place tomorrow with requiem mass at St Peter's Church at 10.30am. He will be interred afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery.

The PSNI's Collision Investigation Unit is appealing for witnesses to get in touch by calling 101, quoting reference number 218 26/05/18.

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