SHOCK OVER CRASH DEATH
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
TRIBUTES have been paid to Patsy McCreesh, brother of hunger striker Raymond McCreesh, who tragically passed away following a car crash on Friday evening.
Diversions were in place following the incident on the Forkhill Road, Meigh which involved a car and a lorry.
Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy said he was shocked to hear of the 67-year-old's tragic passing, adding: "The McCreesh family are held in the highest esteem in Camlough, in South Armagh and across Ireland and I am very saddened that such heartbreak should visit this family.
“I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Patsy's brothers and sisters and to his entire circle of family and friends. I know that the community of South Armagh will come together to offer their support at this time."
SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh, Dominic Bradley, said: "I am shocked and saddened by the news another person has lost their life on our roads here in south Armagh within the space of just over a week.
“Patsy McCreesh was a man of deep faith, and was very well liked in the local community for his pleasant and friendly disposition. My immediate thoughts are with Patsy's family and, on behalf of the community, I extend my deepest sympathy to them.
“The last few weeks have brought great sadness to many homes due to road traffic accidents and I would like to underline the message given by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan yesterday that we all must exercise the utmost caution at all times on our roads."
Requiem Mass for Mr McCreesh will take place today (Tuesday) at 12 noon at St Joseph's Church, Meigh.
Meanwhile as police appeal for caution on the roads during a spate of incidents, they have thanked Newry motorists for their "patience and support".
Officers investigating the death of a 58-year-old Newtownhamilton pedestrian who died on January 10, re-visited the scene on Friday night. A checkpoint was in place on the Newtown Road as part of the investigation.
Appealing for information, Inspector Stephen Humphries said: "Despite traffic delays, motorists were patient and offered what information they could.
“We are reissuing our appeal for information and would ask anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone who was travelling on the Newtown Road around the time of the collision to contact us at Newtownhamilton Police Station by calling 0845 600 8000."
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