Ronan Keating's brother killed in horror County Mayo car crash on way to watch son play for Cork City
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The victim of a tragic car crash in the Republic of Ireland has been named as Ciaran Keating, the brother of famed singer and Boyzone member Ronan Keating.
It is understood that Mr Keating, who was in his 50s, was on his way to watch his son Ruairí play for Cork City FC on Saturday (15 July) when he was involved in two-vehicle road traffic collision in County Mayo. His wife, Anne Marie Keating, and the vehicle's other passenger have received treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the second car involved in the incident was taken to Mayo University Hospital, where he is receiving treatment for serious injuries. Another male passenger in the vehicle has also reportedly been hospitalised.
Cork City FC took to social media to pay tribute, writing: "All at Cork City FC are deeply saddened at the passing of Ciaran Keating, father of our player Ruairí Keating. We extend our deepest sympathies to Ruairí and the entire Keating family at this exceptionally difficult time.
"May he rest in peace. We ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time. Funeral arrangements will be confirmed in due course."
Councillor John O’Malley also offered his condolences to the Keating family and said: “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.”
Christy Hyland, an Independent member of Mayo County Council, added: “Our sympathy goes out to all the Keating family. Ciaran’s death is truly shocking."
Ciaran Keating and his family relocated to Mayo 15 years ago having lived in Dublin and he is believed to have been working as a car salesman and previously run his own bar. Ronan's older brother is survived by his sister Linda, two brothers Gary and Gerard, as well as his own family.