Irishman dies after workplace accident in Australia 5 years ago

Irishman dies after workplace accident in Australia

The Sligo native suffered a fatal head injury when he was working on a telecommunications broadband installation.

An Irishman by the name of Paul Walsh, a native of Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, has sadly died after suffering a fatal head injury while working on a telecommunications broadband installation project at Katoomba, Australia.

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Paramedics and police rushed to the scene after the "industrial accident" occurred but they were unable to save his life.

Bill Morrow, chief executive of National Broadband Network, said "This is tragic news and we are doing all that we can to assist. The thoughts of everyone at NBN are with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased at this very sad time."

Paul's local club in Sligo, Tourlestrane, paid their respects after hearing this extremely sad news.

"On Friday morning the club was deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Paul Walsh, Rhue, in Sydney, Australia. Paul was a valued member and player with our club, playing at corner back before emigrating to Australia. The club would like to offer sincere condolences to his mother Elizabeth, brother John and all of the extended Walsh and Gilmartin families, neighbours and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh said. As a mark of respect, many club fixtures were postponed this weekend".

The club will be honouring his memory with a minute's silence later this evening. RIP.

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Safe Work NSW and Comcare are looking into the circumstances surrounding Mr Walsh's death.