The close-knit world of country music has been left devastated by the death of Martin Oâ€™Connor, a drummer with Declan Nerneyâ€™s band, who was killed in a road accident in the US on Saturday morning.
Mr Oâ€™Connor, from Frenchpark, Co Roscommon, was killed when he was struck by a car while walking back to his hotel in the early hours of Saturday morning at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Initial reports have indicated Mr Oâ€™Connor was with two friends and had been attempting to cross a street when he was hit.
In the hours following the incident, police arrested and charged a 35-year-old man with leaving the scene of an accident causing death.
Mr Oâ€™Connor was in the US with Declan Nerney and his band who were due to play on a cruise ship this week. However, tragedy struck just one day before they were due to board the ship.
As news filtered through of Mr Oâ€™Connorâ€™s untimely death, Mr Nerney said the events of the past few days had yet to sink in.
â€œA band is a bit like a football team and the drummer is like the goalie. Heâ€™s the man thatâ€™s there, heâ€™s your rock that sets the whole foundation down. Martin was that man,â€ Mr Nerney said.
Local parish priest in Frenchpark, Fr Kevin Earley echoed those sentiments, saying the community were rallying around Martinâ€™s distraught wife Valerie, two sons Nathan and Andrew and parents Dolores and Michael John.
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