Annaghdown mourns the loss of ‘a fine young man

The village of Annaghdown has been plunged into mourning this week after news emerged that a well known local man was killed in a road crash in Australia. Tributes have been paid to Ger Scully who was involved in a collision in South Hedland, Western Australia on Sunday.

The crash, which involved a road train, happened shortly before 6pm local time on Sunday. Mr Scully died at the scene. The 30-year-old had emigrated to Australia six and a half years ago, and was most recently working in the mines - similar to so many other Irish emigrants living in this region. Tragically he had finished work, and was taking a short holiday, before a planned return to Ireland to spend Christmas with his family.

Mr Scully is survived by his parents Paddy and Bridie, two brothers, and two sisters. Paddy and Bridie Scully are both natives of Annaghdown and are extremely well known and well respected in the area.

Local councillor Mary Hoade is a neighbour of the Scullys and says the local community is doing its best to rally around the family. “I want to extend my sympathies and indeed the sympathy of the whole community, to the family. We are all just shocked and saddened at this news. He was a fine young man, who had played for the local soccer team Corrib Celtic before emigrating. As a community we will do everything we can to support the family now and in future.”

It will be a number of days before Ger Scully’s funeral arrangements will be announced as it is unclear as yet when his body will be repatriated back to Ireland. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.

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