Belfast Telegraph

Road victim Leo McKeever was stalwart of GAA

By David Whelan

A man knocked down and killed on a cross-border route in Co Tyrone has been named locally as Leo McKeever (64).

The father-of-five was volunteering at his local GAA club, Aghaloo O'Neills, when a car struck him on the Monaghan Road, Aughnacloy, at around 10.30am yesterday.

The road was closed for a number of hours and a 51-year-old man was arrested in relation to the incident.

A police spokesperson said that a man was helping police with their enquiries into the incident.

Mr McKeever, from Crievelough, The Brantry, Dungannon, was the next door neighbour of Sinn Fein councillor Phelim Gildernew, who said that he was very well-known in the community.

"The news has come as a real shock," Mr Gildernew said.

"My deepest sympathy goes out to Bernie his wife, his five children and his whole family."

Chairman of Aghaloo GAC John O'Neill said that news of the death of the former player and committee member had left the club in a state of shock.

"Leo would have been very active and involved in all aspects of the club," he said.

It is the second time in a number of months that the club and area has been struck by tragedy.

In November last year the death of promising young footballer Kevin O'Gorman at his south Belfast student digs was described as a "dark, dark day" for Aghaloo GAC.

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