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Brian Keane and his wife Sarah at a wedding last year. Brian was tragically killed last Wednesday morning.
HAPPIER DAYS Brian Keane and his wife Sarah at a wedding last year. Brian was tragically killed last Wednesday morning.

Happy future cruelly taken



Heartbroken newly-wed speaks of the anguish of losing her husband

Neill O’Neill

THE widow of a young Newport man who tragically lost his life in a traffic accident last Wednesday morning has made an emotional plea, reminding people to look after their loved ones and tell them how important they are every day.
Twenty-five-year-old Brian Keane, originally from Skirdagh outside Newport, lost his life around 7am last Wednesday morning when the van in which he was travelling left the road and overturned near Belcarra. He leaves behind a wife of three months, their two young children, and, tragically, a third not yet born.
Keane was on his way to work in Elvery’s Sports in Castlebar from his home in Weatherfort, Clogher, when the single-vehicle accident occurred. The circumstances of the crash are the subject of an on-going Garda investigation, but contrary to reports in other media, his family have stated that the car did not hit a wall.
In a terrible coincidence, the town of Newport awoke to further shocking news on Sunday morning last: Another resident – Jonathan Faul, also 25 – had lost his life in a single-vehicle crash. (See report page 4)
Speaking at her husband’s funeral last Friday, 30-year-old Sarah Keane
(nee Mahon) said that Brian was a wonderful man who only ever wanted to protect, care for and love his family. Brian and Sarah were together for over five years and only married on August 4 last. His daughter Maria will be three in January. His other daughter, Tara, will have her first birthday tomorrow (Wednesday). Heartbreakingly, the couple had only recently announced to close family members that Sarah is pregnant with their third child.

Brian Keane (right) is pictured waiting for his bride-to-be Sarah Mahon to arrive at Carnacon Church on August 4 this year, with his brothers Dave (centre) and Des.
Brian Keane (right) is pictured waiting for his bride-to-be Sarah Mahon to arrive at Carnacon Church on August 4 this year, with his brothers Dave (centre) and Des.

Anguish
Speaking to The Mayo News yesterday, an emotional Sarah reiterated her message and said that she never envisaged being thrust into such painful circumstances so young.
“I never spoke at our wedding but if I did I would have told everyone how wonderful Brian was to me and the girls and how caring he always was,” she said. “I never imagined I’d have to talk about Brian a few months later in this way but I want everyone to realise that we need to look after our loved ones and tell them how much they mean to us every day. We should never be afraid to say these things, because you never know when the day will come that you won’t get the chance to say them again.
“Brian went to work last Wednesday just like any other day, and I never thought for a second when he went out the door that my world and the happy life that we had in our house were about to be taken so cruelly from me and the girls. I never thought that was the last time he’d ever go out that door, and now I can never again tell him how much we all loved him. We were all so so lucky to have had Brian in our lives, and we will miss him terribly forever.”

Community rallies

There was an enormous turnout for Brian’s repose at his family homestead in Skirdagh last Thursday, where the local community mobilised in force to ensure all who wished to pay their respects got to do so in the most efficient manner possible. This was no easy task as countless hundreds gathered for hours and were brought in turn several miles up a network of narrow local roads in a convoy of buses, from a compound on the main Glenhest road to the Keane family home and back. Dozens of volunteers manned every by-road in pitch darkness and communicating by radios, they acted as stewards for the crowd and traffic controllers, with tea and sandwiches provided to them by other volunteers at various points to beat off the chilly November night.
The turnout was so large that it was after midnight before the last mourners had filed past Brian’s coffin. His brother David said that while this was physically draining on his family, they drew enormous mental strength from it. Brian spent Wednesday night in the home he shared with Sarah and their children in Weatherfort. The following day his family brought him back to the house where he grew up one final time.

Brian Keane pictured at a Christening just six weeks ago. with his wife Sarah and their daughters Maria and Tara
Brian Keane pictured at a Christening just six weeks ago. with his wife Sarah and their daughters Maria and Tara