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Ronan Keating's brother Ciaran killed in a tragic car accident

Ronan Keating's brother Ciaran killed in a tragic car accident

Tributes have begun to flood in following the tragic accident

Former Boyzone star Ronan Keating’s older brother Ciaran has died in a car crash in County Mayo, Ireland.

Tributes have been paid to Ciaran Keating who was in his 50s when he died in the two-vehicle collision on Saturday (15 July).

According to reports, his wife Ann Marie was also in the car at the time and sustained injuries in the crash.

Ciaran son, Ruairi, plays for Cork City Football Club, and it is believed the couple were travelling down to watch him play in an evening Premier Division League of Ireland clash with Sligo Rovers when tragedy struck.

In a statement confirming the death, the club said: “All at Cork City FC are deeply saddened at the passing of Ciaran Keating, father of our player Ruairi Keating.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to Ruairi and the entire Keating family at this exceptionally difficult time.

The brother of Boyzone star Ronan Keating (pictured above) has died in a car crash.

“We ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time.

“Funeral arrangements will be confirmed in due course. May he rest in peace.”

Ciaran and his family moved from Dublin to Mayo around 15 years ago, reports.

After settling in the area, Ciaran ran Maxwells bar in Lecanvey, but had since left and was working as a car salesman.

Christy Hyland, an Independent member of Mayo County Council, said today: “Our sympathy goes out to all the Keating family. Ciaran’s death is truly shocking."

Councillor John O’Malley also offered his condolences following the sad news, saying in a statement: “Everyone is shocked and saddened by the awful news.

"He was highly regarded by all who knew him here and we are thinking of his wife and children and his extended family.”

As well as his famous brother Ronan, Ciaran is also survived by his sister Linda and brothers Gerard and Gary.

Ronan Keating.

The fatal crash happened on the N5 at Ballymiles, near Swinford, at approximately 3.35pm on Saturday.

The driver of the other vehicle was seriously injured and was taken to Mayo University Hospital.

A man and woman, both passengers from each car, are also receiving treatment.

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A technical examination of the crash scene and the vehicles involved has been conducted by Garda forensic collision investigators.

Garda are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to contact them.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Swinford Garda Station on (094) 925 2990, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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