Christmas tragedy hits Aughnacliffe: Mattie Gray laid to rest

Jessica Thompson

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Deaths in Louth - Wednesday June 6th 2016

The tragic passing of Mattie Gray on St Stephen’s night “really finished Christmas” for the community of Aughnacliffe who were shocked by the road accident that claimed the 62-year-old man’s life.

The late Mr Gray was walking home at approximately 7pm last Wednesday evening, December 26, when he was struck by a car at Cleenrath, Aughnacliffe. The 44-year-old female driver of the car was uninjured.

Local councillor for Granard Municipal District, Cllr PJ Reilly, said that the whole community was saddened by the loss of one of its own at a time when everyone was celebrating the Christmas season.

“It was a very unfortunate situation on the tragic death of Mattie Gray,” he said.

“I knew Mattie personally through sporting activities. He was a great fisherman and great for a game of shooting. I was very saddened by his death and wish to express my sympathy to all of his family.”

The Aughnacliffe man was laid to rest on Sunday following funeral mass at St Colmcille’s Church.

“It just shows the importance of awareness of road safety,” said Cllr Reilly.

“The roads are so dangerous, especially with the evenings being so dark and especially in a rural part of the country like Aughnacliffe.

“It’s very sad for the whole community and a few people have said to me that it really finished the Christmas for them.”

Mr Gray is survived by his daughters Caroline, Alicia, Samantha and Susan, son Patrick, wife Eileen, grandchildren Jamie, Casey, Richie and Jay, brothers Christy (Aughnacliffe), Seamus (Longford) and Jack (London), sister Bridgie Cahill (Ballinalee), son-in-law Richard, brother in law, sisters in law, extended family and a wide circle of friends.

Gardaí in Granard are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Granard Garda Station on 043 66 87660, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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