'Lovely fella' Tommy killed when bike struck moose
The mother of a young man who tragically died in a road accident in Canada has described her son as a "lovely fella who lived a great life".
Tommy Jackson (22), from Ballisodare, Co Sligo, was killed when his motorbike crashed into a moose while he was travelling to work in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, last Friday.
He had been living in Canada for the past year.
"Tommy was born a joker. He was always making jokes, and had a fantastic ability to make people laugh and make any situation light-hearted," his mother Ann said.
Ms Jackson said her son was very adventurous, loved travelling and was in a happy relationship.
"It's important to Tommy's family that people remember him for the lovely fella he was, and know that he was really happy. He moved to Canada and created a wonderful life for himself," she said.
"He had a good job and colleagues that loved and respected him. He had a girlfriend, whom he adored, and who he was bringing home to meet his family in January.
"Tommy was living life the way it was supposed to be lived, and making the most of it, and he did it with a cheeky grin and a twinkle in his eye," she added.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page - gofundme.com/bringing-tommy-home - to help bring Tommy's body back to Ireland.
A spokeswoman for the family said that, after the costs of repatriation, all remaining funds will be given to the Kevin Bell Trust to go toward helping families in the same situation.