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Taoiseach pays tribute to 'phenomenal motorsportsman' Manus Kelly

Father-of-five, Manus Kelly was killed on the Fanad Head stage of the Donegal International Rally.
Seamus McKinney

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has paid tribute to rally driver Manus Kelly ahead of his funeral in Donegal tomorrow.

The sportsman and recently elected Fianna Fáil councillor was killed on Sunday following a crash at the Donegal Joule International Rally.

The 41-year-old won the competition three years consecutively and is being remembered as Donegal’s greatest sportsman and rally driver.

Speaking in the Dáil Mr Varadkar said Mr Kelly was a "phenomenal motorsportsman".

Offering his condolences to Fianna Fáil, the taoiseach said: “He must have been enormously proud to have been elected to Donegal County Council for Letterkenny."

Donegal County Council has opened a book of condolences for Mr Kelly at the Letterkenny Public Service Centre at Neil T Blaney Road.

Requiem Mass will take place in St Columba's Church, Glenswilly at noon tomorrow followed by burial in Conwal Cemetery in Letterkenny.

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