A 28-YEAR-OLD man was killed in a car crash in Cork this morning.
Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to the incident that occurred at Muckridge in Youghal at about 7.15am.
The victim has been named locally as Tony Dineen. He was the driver and sole occupant of the car which hit a bridge on the road. He was airlifted from the scene by a Coast Guard helicopter but he was pronounced dead at Cork University Hospital a short time later.
A dedicated member of Eire Óg GAA club, the 28-year-old is mourned by his family, friends and team mates.
“He has been one of our greatest servants,” said vice chairman Diarmuid Kirwan. “We are all in shock.
“It is a huge loss to the club. To his family. He was such a dedicated hurler and footballer who played with us for 20 odd years.”
Describing the young man, he added: “You could always depend on him. Even if he had an injury. Tony was a lovely, quiet, unassuming and friendly chap. He’d never have a bad word about anyone. He is just a huge loss.”
A post mortem examination on his body is due to take place today. He is the 181st person to die on Irish roads this year. Gardaí have asked anyone with information to call them at the local station on 021 462 1550 or the confidential line on 1800 666 111.