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Sinn Féin tribute to party member killed in road crash

Timothy Woods (52) was killed in a single-vehicle crash on the outskirts of Keady, Co Armagh, on Saturday afternoon
John Monaghan

SINN Féin has paid tribute to a party member killed in a road accident in Co Armagh.

Timothy Woods (52) died following a single-vehicle crash on the Castleblayney Road near Keady at around 3.30pm on Saturday.

Part of the Castleblayney Road was closed for a period following the collision.

Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh representative Cathal Boylan said he was "shocked and deeply saddened" at the news.

"Tim was a valued friend and party activist. He was a man of great wit and charm and will be sadly missed by all who knew him and it's still hard to take in that he has been so tragically taken from us."

A father-of-two, Mr Woods was an active member of the McVerry/McElvanna Sinn Féin Cumann in Keady and had been helping the party with its election campaign on Saturday.

Gareth Keating, the mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, said: "Affectionately know to his friends as ‘Spike', he was a much loved and active member of his local community."

In a social media post, Keady and District Angling Club also expressed its condolences to the family of Mr Woods, the father of former junior member Joe.

"Tim was a great pike angler and we all have fond memories of the craic at the lake when he was about. We offer our sympathy to the entire family circle at this very sad time."

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man, named locally as John O'Connor, was killed when his car crashed into a bus on the outskirts of Mallow in Co Cork.

The collision happened on the main N72 Mallow to Killarney road at around 6.15pm on Saturday.

Mr O'Connor, who worked as a jockey, was the only occupant of the car.

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