Donegal GAA is in mourning over the death of an Irishman in a fatal road crash in Western Australia.
The man, from Ardara in Donegal, has been named as Tomás Maguire.
The 24-year-old had been traveling to his work at a local farm, located close to Wickepin, when the crash happened.
It is understood that the Holden Rodeo pick-up truck Mr Maguire was driving hit the verge and rolled over after initially hitting a tree about 40km east of Narrogin.
He was the only occupant in the vehicle. The fatal crash is understood to have happened shortly after 2.30am on the morning of Monday, June 4.
A Western Australia police spokesperson confirmed that the vehicle was not found until 7.30am that morning, at which point a passerby immediately informed the authorities.
The young man was pronounced dead at the scene by a member of the St John’s ambulance crew.
Mr Maguire had emigrated from his hometown of Ardara to Australia in February. He was based 214km south-east of Perth.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family. They were notified of the tragedy by gardaí on Tuesday.
Family members are expected to fly to Perth overnight for the repatriation of Mr Maguire’s remains.
The Donegal man was well known for his Gaelic football skills and was also an Irish language enthusiast.
Former Donegal GAA County chairman, John McConnell, has paid tribute to the young man on local website, Donegal Daily.
“Having coached Tomás from the first time he landed down in Kentucky as an eight year old until he left the minor ranks, it’s hard to fathom that the wee buck with the cheeky grin and the heart of a lion is no longer with us. We are just heartbroken,” he wrote.
“Really and truly, we all probably knew that once he headed away, he wouldn’t be back to live at home for long enough.
“He had a wanderlust that he had to satisfy and get out of his system.
“He started off his football career as a key member of the 1996/97 Under-10 teams that went on to win County League and Championships at Under-12, Under-14 ,16 and Minor (league).
“As the years went on, Tomás just got better and better as a player,” he continued.
Mr McConnell went on to explain how he and colleagues will do their utmost to ensure the young man is remembered appropriately.
“We will miss you Tomas and we will do our very best to give you the send off you deserve,” he said.
“We will drape the jersey over your coffin, and we will talk about the great player you were, and the mighty player you would have become when you eventually would come back to captain the Ardara Senior team to try and win the Dr Maguire Cup,” he added.