A man due to marry his 'childhood sweetheart' next year died just metres from his parents’ home.
David Finnerty had celebrated his 31st birthday a little over a week ago.
His family have spoken of their “devastation” after Mr Finnerty was killed while taking a vintage car “out for a quick spin.”
It is believed the vehicle collided with a water hydrant after driving over a “bump in the road”.
This caused the car to spin round before the driver’s side collided with a tree.
Mr Finnerty, who worked as a carpenter, was alone in the vehicle when the accident occurred at Cloonkeenkerril in the Colemanstown area of east Galway, shortly after 10.30pm on Tuesday.
Last night, his family paid special tribute to him as a “wonderful man” and a “talented musician.”
“Both he and his girlfriend, Corina Laffey, were expected to get married next year,” Mr Finnerty’s uncle, Paddy, told the Irish Independent.
“He had also recently started his own business and had purchased a new transit van for the his job.
“The vehicle was a 1985 Ford Capri.
“He took it out for a run around the block after work to raise up the battery.
“He had taken it for a spin - unfortunately the accident happened about 500 metres from his parent’s house.
“David was a great guy and a bit of an all-rounder, and had only celebrated his birthday on May 23.”
He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was later removed to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe for a post mortem examination.
The road was closed immediately to facilitate a Garda forensic examination.