Munster GAA pay tribute after tragic deaths of Limerick referee and Clare handballer

Shane Hourigan and Barry Nash tragically died in road accidents in recent days.

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MUNSTER GAA CHAIRMAN Robert Frost has expressed sympathies to the families of Limerick referee Shane Hourigan and Clare handballer Barry Nash, who died in separate road accidents in recent days.

Mr Hourigan died in a car crash yesterday morning at Reens Pike in Limerick. He was a member of the Munster and National Referees panels as well as being a member of the St Mary’s Sean Finns GAA club in Rathkeale.

Mr Nash died in an accident on the M7 on Sunday night. He was from Scarriff in Clare and was an All-Ireland minor handball champion. His father, James, is a member of the Munster hearings committee.

“It was with great sadness and shock that we heard of the sudden loss of Shane Hourigan and Barry Nash”, remarked Munster Council chairman Frost.

“Both made a great contribution to Cumann Lúthchleas Gael and their tragic deaths at such young ages are a huge loss to their families, friends and communities.

“I extend deepest sympathy on behalf of Comhairle na Mumhan and on my own behalf to both families and assure them that our thoughts and prayers are with them at this sad and difficult time”.

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Mr Hourigan’s funeral takes place tomorrow at 12pm in St Mary’s Church in Rathkeale while Mr Nash’s funeral is on Thursday morning at 11.30am in the Church of the Sacred Heart Scarriff.

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