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Markethill collision: Heartbreak as GAA club announce death of ‘brilliant family man’

Patrick Grimley

A man killed in a horrific road traffic collision outside Markethill has been named as Patrick Grimley from Madden.

The father-of-three died following a four-vehicle road traffic collision on the Gosford Road in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Patrick, who had turned 40 earlier this week, had been on his way home from officially celebrating the milestone at Dundalk Races on Friday night when the collision occurred.

He was the secretary of Madden GAA club and it was was the club who officially announced his passing this afternoon.

“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the tragic and sudden passing of our Club Secretary, Patrick Grimley,” a club statement said.

“Patrick was a brilliant family man, and along with his wife Ciera, could always be seen supporting his children at their various hobbies and activities.

“His love for our club was also well known and he will be terribly missed by all those who knew him, not just in Madden but further afield also.

“Patrick has been a major driving force for our club over his last 5 years as Secretary-and in particular this year with our Club Draw. His dedication and commitment to make our club the best we could be, both on and off the field, knew no bounds.

“We offer our prayers and support to his Wife, Ciera, Children Tadgh, Mya and Cadhla, Parents Brian and Frances, brothers Liam, Ryan, Kieran and Niall, Sister Megan and wider family circle.

“Our thoughts are also with all those injured in last night’s accident, and we ask you to keep them all in your thoughts and prayers over the coming days. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

Eight people were taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries following the collision which occurred at around 1.20am on Saturday morning.

It is understood that a number of those injured are in a critical condition.

A PSNI spokesperson appealed for information.

They said: “Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or anyone with CCTV or dash cam footage that could assist enquiries, is asked to contact police at Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference 104 of 04/11/23.

“The road remains closed at this time and motorists are advised to avoid the area and seek an alternative route for their journey.”

The Gosford Road has since reopened.

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