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Son of former Ballyhaunis garda dies in Florida hit-and-run

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Son of former Ballyhaunis garda dies in Florida hit-and-run


Michael Commins


THE country music fraternity learned with much sadness of the tragic death of Martin O’Connor in a hit-and-run accident in North Lauderdale in Florida at the weekend. His father Michael John served as a garda in Ballyhaunis for many years up until his retirement a few years ago.
Martin (41) from Frenchpark, Co Roscommon, was drummer for the last two years with the Declan Nerney Band. They were due to board the ship for the annual Caribbean Cruise, organised by Cong native Gertie Byrne, just a few hours later. Martin was in the company of two other friends from Ireland at the time of the accident. The driver of the vehicle has since been arrested in connection with the incident.
Martin is survived by his wife Valerie and two young children, his parents Michael and Dolores and the family circle.