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Tributes paid to 'true gentleman' Karl Heaney after fatal A1 crash


Karl Heaney

Tributes have been paid to 27-year-old Warrenpoint man Karl Heaney after he was killed in a crash on the M1 on Wednesday night

Newry Mitchels GFC paid tribute to Mr Heaney on its Facebook page saying he was "dedicated Gael, player and Liverpool fan" and devoted to his family.

"On behalf of the Committee, senior team management, players and the wider membership of the club we are truly devastated and heartbroken to learn of the sudden death of our esteemed member, volunteer and senior team player Karl Heaney," a club spokesperson said.

"Karl was a true gentlemen, who never had a bad word to say about anyone and always had a smile on his face. Always willing to help out in any capacity within the club, he epitomised all that is good in the GAA.

"Karl Heaney, a dedicated Gael, Senior player for Newry Mitchels GFC, an avid Liverpool FC Fan, but most of all a devoted son, brother, uncle, friend and boyfriend of Ciara. He will missed by everyone who knew him within our club and far beyond and his loss will leave a huge void in the many lives he touched.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents, sisters, girlfriend Ciara and his wider family circle. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam."

Two people have been arrested following the crash.

Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart has expressed her condolences to Mr Heaney's family.

“This is a tragic set of circumstances of which today a family has lost someone dear to them. The family will be very much in our thoughts during this time," the DUP MLA said.

"It is a reminder of how dangerous our roads are and that everyone should exercise caution on their journey."

Belfast Telegraph