Kinsale athlete killed in US crash to be buried this week

Kinsale athlete killed in US crash to be buried this week

Athlete Jamie McCarthy, Kinsale, died in a car accident in the USA.

A well-known Kinsale athlete who died in a car crash last month in the United States is set to be buried in his hometown this week.

Jamie McCarthy, aged 33, was killed following a car crash just a short distance from his home at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on February 14 when returning from dinner with his partner Cristina Martinescu. 

He suffered a mass trauma as a result of the crash before being placed on life support at Grand Strand Medical Center.

McCarthy was a successful athlete. He won a European cross country silver for the Irish junior team in 2004 in Edinburgh and was Irish junior 3,000 champion. He was a former member of Riverstick Kinsale athletics club.

He went on to compete for Carolina Coast University after attaining a scholarship and held the college's all-time record for a mile run up until 2016.

He is survived by his parents, partner Christina, sister Michelle, and brothers Stephen and Luke.

Athletics Ireland expressed their condolences to the family.

"Athletics Ireland is saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Jamie McCarthy. Jamie was part of the silver-winning Junior Men's Euro Cross Country Team in 2004. Our condolences to his family. RIP."

His body will be received tomorrow evening at St John the Baptist in Kinsale and will be lying in repose until Wednesday at 7.30pm before the funeral mass on Wednesday at 2pm.

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