Music stars shocked by
road tragedy

Music stars shocked by
road tragedy
The close-knit world of country music has been left devastated by the death of Martin O’Connor, a drummer with Declan Nerney’s band, who was killed in a road accident in the US on Saturday morning.

The close-knit world of country music has been left devastated by the death of Martin O’Connor, a drummer with Declan Nerney’s band, who was killed in a road accident in the US on Saturday morning.

Mr O’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 O’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 O’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 O’Connor’s untimely death, Mr Nerney said the events of the past few days had yet to sink in.

“A band is a bit like a football team and the drummer is like the goalie. He’s the man that’s there, he’s your rock that sets the whole foundation down. Martin was that man,” Mr Nerney said.

Local parish priest in Frenchpark, Fr Kevin Earley echoed those sentiments, saying the community were rallying around Martin’s distraught wife Valerie, two sons Nathan and Andrew and parents Dolores and Michael John.

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