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NI man dies in Australia boat accident

Niall Quinn was from Silverbridge, near Newry

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Niall Quinn used to be from Silverbridge, near Newry

A Person from Northern Eire has died in Australia after falling from a houseboat.

The accident took place on the Murray River, close to the border between New South Wales and Victoria.

Niall Quinn was in his 20s and from Silverbridge, near Newry.

Police mentioned Mr Quinn, who was staying on the boat with friends, had fallen from the top deck into the water. It Is believed he can have hit his head as he fell.

His body was once located in waters neighborhood by way of police divers. Ten privately owned vessels additionally assisted in the search.

Sinn Féin councillor Terry Hearty is aware of the Quinn family.

“They Only can’t get their head spherical it, they can not consider it,” he mentioned.

“Niall used to be this type of likeable, vigorous lad, all the time smiling, all the time going somewhere and everyone knew him.”


Mr Quinn was once a former player with the Silverbridge Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Club.

The Membership stated it was devastated to listen to of his “premature loss of life”.

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The accident came about on the Murray River, near the border between New South Wales and Victoria

Former Armagh GAA captain Jarlath Burns is the secretary of the Membership.

He told BBC News NI he had performed on the identical group as Mr Quinn and described him as a “great lad”.

“I used to be going against the end of my career and Niall was simply starting his,” he stated.

“We performed within the reserve aspect at Silverbridge together and received a championship together. He later went on to play for the senior workforce.

“He used to be a very skilful participant.

“Niall was a lad who lived life to the full, he was a difficult-working fella, a perfect lad with an unassuming manner.

“We misplaced one thing from the Membership when he left.”


Mr Burns mentioned that Mr Quinn’s dying used to be an extra tragedy for his mother Deirdre, whose brother Michael used to be killed in a terrorist attack on Donnelly’s Bar in Silverbridge in December 1975.

“Niall’s mom’s household owned Donnelly’s Bar in Silverbridge and her brother Michael used to be killed within the assault on the bar with the aid of the Glennane Gang in December 1975,” he mentioned.

“The family circle is very respected and Cherished so much by the folks of Silverbridge.

“There Is A Michael Donnelly Cup at Silverbridge GAA Club once a year in tribute and the family come to existing it.”

The Irish Division of Foreign Affairs is offering consular assistance to Mr Quinn’s household.

Sinn Féin councillor Barra O’Muiri stated he understood The Kevin Bell Repatriation Belief was once working with the Quinn domestic and people in Australia to deliver “Niall home as quickly as imaginable”.

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