TRIBUTES have been paid to the Dromcollogher native who was tragically killed after he was hit by a train in a freak accident in Manchester this week.
Sean Murphy, 53, who had been living in the UK for over 30 years, was on his way to work when he was killed in the accident at Urmston Station shortly before 7am on Monday morning.
It is understood that Mr Murphy was standing on the platform when he was pulled on to the line by a gust from a train heading in the opposite direction.
He was struck by a train heading to Newcastle from Liverpool seconds later, and died instantly.
A native of Mondellihy, Dromcollogher, Mr Murphy was well-known throughout the local community and visited his home town three times every year at Easter, Christmas and during the Dromcollogher carnival.
He is survived by six brothers and three sisters, many of whom live in Dromcollogher, Milford and Broadford.
No decision on whether or not Mr Murphy’s remains are to be brought home for burial had been made by his family at the time of going to print.
Mr Murphy emigrated to Manchester over 30 years ago, and worked in the building trade as a machine driver. A talented musician, he took part in the annual Christmas Wren in Dromcollogher and Broadford.
Local publican John Leahy said that Mr Murphy was a popular character who loved Dromcollogher and its people, who will be sorely missed.
“He was a top-class person. He was a great singer, musician, you name it. He could tell a story and a joke. There was a bit of a Brendan Grace about him.
“He was brilliant at art. He could sit right across from you and draw a perfect portrait without any bother.”
Police and paramedics were called to the scene at Urmston Station after the driver of the train which struck Mr Murphy raised the alarm.
A number of commuter services were disrupted for a number of hours as the line was temporarily shut.
A spokesperson for British Transport Police said that Mr Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene, and that they are not treating his death as suspicious.