THE FAMILIES OF two Cork men who died in a crash in Canada have said they are “devastated” by the news.
Raymond McCann and Cathal Murphy died on Saturday morning after a car they were travelling in crashed outside the town of Melita in the province of Manitoba in central Canada.
Cbc.ca reports that the two men died after their vehicle overturned on a highway just west of Melita.
Police arrived and pronounced the men dead at the scene.
The families of both men released statements via the Department of Foreign Affairs saying that they were “devastated” at the deaths and requesting privacy.
Cathal Murphy (33) was originally from Bandon in Cork. His family said that were thankful for the support given to them.
“We, the family of Cathal Murphy, are devastated at the death of our much loved son and brother in a road traffic accident in Canada on Saturday 8 October,” the family said.
“We are very thankful for all the support shown to us at this difficult time.
We would ask, however, that the media would now respect our privacy as we try to come to terms with our loss.
The family of Raymond McCann (42) – who was from Kanturk in Cork – issued a similar statement:
“The family of Raymond McCann are devastated at the death of a much loved father and brother in a road traffic accident in Canada on Saturday 8 October,” the family said, also requesting privacy.
Both men had been living and working in Canada at the time of the crash.
Local Bandon councillor Rachel McCarthy paid tribute to Cathal in a Facebook post last night:
“My heart goes out to the Murphy family on the death of their son & brother Cathal, who died tragically in a car accident in Canada,” she said.
For all that knew him, know what a fantastic and happy person he was, may he Rest In Peace.
Friends of both men have also paid tribute to them on social media.
The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that it was providing consular assistance to both families.