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Father-of-two killed in Storm Ophelia was 'one of life's gentlemen'

Father-of-two Fintan Goss who died on Monday as a result of Storm Ophelia. The 33-year-old, from Ravensdale, was killed when a tree struck his car on the Newry Road in Ravensdale, close to the border
Marie Louise McConville

A father-of-two who was killed when a tree fell on his car in Co Louth during Storm Ophelia has been described as "one of life's gentlemen".

Fintan Goss, who was 33 and married, died on Monday when his car was struck by a tree on the Newry Road in Ravensdale, close to the border.

The family man, who became a father for the second time in recent weeks, is understood to have been returning from work at around 2.45pm when the tragedy happened.

Mr Goss, who was a former GAA player for St Patrick's GFC in Louth, reportedly only married his wife, Pamela last year and the couple had two children, a daughter called Laragh, who is three and a son, Henry, who is six weeks.

Mr Goss, who lived in Ballymakellett, was the brother of former Louth GAA captain and local election candidate, Colin Goss.

It is reported to be the second tragedy to touch the family after Mr Goss's eldest brother, Ronan, who was 22, was killed in an accident in Scotland in 2002.

Mr Goss was one of three people killed as a result of Storm Ophelia.

Clare O’Neill, who had been an oncology nurse for more than three decades, was killed when her car was struck by a tree at around 12 noon on Monday outside Aglish village in Co Waterford.

Clare O'Neill was killed when a tree hit her car outside Aglish village, Co Waterford

A short time later, 31-year-old Michael Pyke was killed in Cahir, Co Tipperary as he attempted to clear a fallen tree with a chainsaw.

Michael Pyke died when he was cutting up a fallen tree with a chainsaw near Cahir, Co Tipperary

Tributes were last night paid to Mr Goss, who was said to come from a "well-regarded" family.

St Patrick's GFC said: "Fintan played at all levels with the club both at underage and adult level, winning a County Minor Championship medal in 2002," a statement read.

"Like all of his family he was a true Pats supporter being involved in various fund raising efforts on the club’s behalf. . We extend our sincere sympathies to Fintan's wife Pamela and their two beautiful children, to his parents John &Mary to his brother Colin, to his sister Maria and the wider family circle".

Fine Gael councillor, John McGahon described the death of Mr Goss as "an absolute tragedy".

"Fintan and the Goss family are extremely well regarded in the community," he said.

"He will be greatly missed by his friends, family and the local community in Ravensdale. Our thoughts are with his family at the terrible time".

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