A man from Monaghan has lost his life in a fatal road crash in Queensland.
Twenty-five-year-old Gary Mealiff died on Sunday afternoon following a motorcycle crash near Gladstone.
Mr Mealiff, from Newbliss in Monaghan, had been travelling with a group of recreational motorbike riders.
A representative for Queensland police confirmed that the young man crashed over an embankment near Gladstone around 3.30pm on Sunday, June 10.
“The deceased man was travelling Northbound at the time. For unknown reasons he left the road and had fallen down an embankment,” a police spokesperson told the Irish Echo.
The incident occurred around 520km north of Brisbane.
The young man was taken to Gladstone Base Hospital where he died a short time later.
Mr Mealiff was a quantity surveyor and had studied at Sligo IT. He had been in Australia for just over a year and was living in Mackay, Queensland.
He had been working for a quarry company locally.
Mr Mealiff’s family has been informed of his death and are being provided with consular assistance by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Australia.
Friends of the late Monaghan man have left tributes on his Facebook page.
“We will never forget you or your stories you had for us, you knew how to put a smile on everyone’s face,” one female friend wrote.
Another said: “The stories and memories you left behind will never be forgotten. “You’ve done more in your life then most of us will ever see. Sad to sit and talk about all your stories but its all we can do.
“Rest in peace Gary, u will always be in our hearts.”
Mr Mealiff’s death came just 24 hours after another Irishman died in Queensland, after a workplace accident at a sand quarry in Tagai.