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Taxi driver dies after collision

A popular taxi driver who died at the scene of the two-car collision at Cloonmore, outside Tuam, on the N17 Galway-Sligo Road on Saturday morning has been named as Mike Ward (55).

A 20-year-old passenger in Mr Ward's taxi was also injured in the 2.20am crash.

The dead man was well-known throughout Galway as an amateur boxing coach and was "absolutely adored" by his family, said neighbours yesterday.

"He was the backbone of the family," said his nephew Michael Sweeney.