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Thursday 22 August 2019

Tragic honeymooner 'Spike' who was 'loved far and wide' to be laid to rest

Tommy and Karen Guthrie
Tommy and Karen Guthrie

An Irishman who tragically died in Croatia while on his honeymoon will be buried on Tuesday after his remains are flown home.

Tommy 'Spike' McCormack Jnr (35) will be laid to rest following funeral mass at St Patrick's Church in his hometown of Ballinamore, Co Leitrim.

Mr McCormack died in Split, Croatia, last Saturday while on honeymoon with his wife Karen Guthrie.

The couple lived in Galway and were on the trip of a lifetime after getting married last year, when suddenly Mr McCormack collapsed with a suspected heart attack.

His remains will be transported back to Ireland over the weekend and he will repose at his family home Tarmon, Ballinamore, on Monday from noon until 5pm.

Removal will take place to St Patrick's Church on Monday evening, arriving at 8pm, and funeral mass will take place on Tuesday at noon.

Mr McCormack will be laid to rest in Oughteragh Cemetery, Ballinamore.

He was very well known both in Leitrim and Galway.

"Spike was loved far and wide and he will be sadly missed by all his neighbours, work colleagues, those who knew him through his many sporting endeavours and by his huge circle of friends," his death notice reads.

Timbuktu

Speaking to the Herald earlier this week, Ms Guthrie's sister Michelle said how Mr McCormack made friends wherever he went.

"We could be in Timbuktu and he would run into someone that he knew," she said.

"Whenever he went out anywhere, he would always run into someone that he knew and he had a way about him."

A fundraiser was set up to raise money for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust by the family. It has currently raised more than €67,000 and is very close to hitting its target of €70,000.

Elsewhere, a devoted Irish father-of-three who died in a horrific truck crash is to be cremated in Australia on Monday.

Seamus Walsh (38), originally from Ballyhale, Co Kilkenny, was killed when his truck collided with another on a highway in New South Wales.

Mr Walsh had been living in Australia since 2007 and lived in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

His death notice reads: "Beloved husband of Michaela, devoted father and best friend to Orla, Lakeisha and Marcus.

"Cherished son of Pat and Rena and dearest brother to Claire and Liam. Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his family, extended family, relations, loyal friends and neighbours in both Ireland and Australia."

The crash occurred in the state's Mid North Coast region nine days ago.

Emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway, south of Nabiac, near Forster, following reports of a collision.

Mr Walsh died at the scene. The second driver was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition.

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