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Saturday 15 December 2018

Tragic David's hurling team pals recall 'one of the nicest young men'

Tragic David O’Beirne
Tragic David O’Beirne

A talented hurler who died in a traffic incident in America has been remembered by his heartbroken friends and former team-mates at his GAA club in Walkinstown.

David O'Beirne (23), who studied at UCD and worked in Trinity College, had been on holiday with friends in Austin, Texas, when he was hit by a truck while crossing an interstate highway last Friday.

It is believed he was then hit by another vehicle.

Both drivers stopped and reported the incident to local police.

They remained at the scene to co-operate with officers investigating the incident.

The collision is being treated as an accident.

A book of condolences has been opened in David's memory at St Jude's GAA clubhouse in Templeogue and will remain open until Sunday.

A former student of the local Mac Dara's school, David was believed to be on the first day of his holidays with friends when tragedy struck.

A statement from St Jude's GAA Club said: "It was with profound sadness and heartbreak that we learned of the tragic death of our club member, David O'Beirne.

Devastated

"David was one of the nicest young men you could ever hope to meet and all at CLG Naomh Jude are devastated by his untimely passing.

"We would like to offer sincere condolences and our support to his parents Jimmy and Helen, brother Alan and sister Rachel, and to all of David's relatives and friends.

"You are in our thoughts and prayers."

David, who had been a member of the club since he was a boy, was a previous winner of the Intermediate Hurler of the Year award.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to his family.

The Kevin Bell Trust Fund is also helping with the repatriation of David's body to his family in Dublin.

Funeral arrangements will be made when the repatriation is completed.

Police in Texas previously said that the accident happened at around 5.29am local time along the I-35 roadway near Sixth Street in Austin.

Senior Officer Bino Cadenas, of the Austin Police Department, said that at least two road users had contacted the police on 911 believing that they had struck the pedestrian.

"The 911 operators had received multiple callers advising that a pedestrian had been hit," he said.

"We received a caller who advised he believed he had struck the pedestrian. He was driving a semi-truck.

"When officers arrived at the scene, they did in fact find a subject on the roadway who was pronounced deceased."

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