Limerick man seriously injured in Australian crash

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

A 26-year-old sports star, who was with his family and friends in Limerick last week, is fighting for his life at a hospital in Australia.

A 26-year-old sports star, who was with his family and friends in Limerick last week, is fighting for his life at a hospital in Australia.

Patrick Gibbs, a civil engineer from Ballinacurra, was serioulsy inujured in a road crash on Monday.

His girlfriend - Kelly Meehan, from Newmarket on Fergus, County Clare - was killed instantly in the crash.

Patrick’s father, Jim, who is chairman of Ballinacurra Gaels, said his son was “touch and go” and they asked his friends to remember him and Kelly in their prayers.

Patrick has broken bones and has not spoken since the accident, which happened in the early hours of Monday in a remote part of the country.

“He has lots of friends in Limerick and I would ask people to remember him in their prayers and in particular Kelly,” his father said.

Kelly and Patrick met while in Trinity College and were both returning from the airport in Perth when the accident happened.

“I would like to thank the Australian police for their professionalism in dealing with the accident and all the medics. He had to be flown by helicopter to hospital in Perth,” said his dad who is a native of Kilcash in County Tipperary.

“His legs are broken and he has injuries to his shoulder but thankfully he appears to have no head injuries,” Mr Gibbs said.

An outstanding sportsman Patrick played for Ireland in the international Australian Football League competition three years ago in which 25 countries participated.