Childhood friends die abroad just two months apart

Two friends and close neighbours from a small Cork village have been killed in separate accidents abroad in the space of just two months.

Childhood friends  die abroad just two months apart

Liam O’Mahony, a 27 year-old plumber from Innishannon, died in a workplace accident in Sweden on Wednesday. He had sustained severe injuries in a fall from a ladder on to a concrete slab as he worked on one of Stockholm’s largest infrastructural projects.

Just last April Mr O’Mahony’s friend and close neighbour, Colin Callanan, tragically drowned off Koh Tao, Thailand. Mr Callanan had been living in Perth for six years where he worked with AMS Services. He was on business in Thailand before the accident.

The two men attended Scoil Eoin, Innishannon, together and would have been close friends for almost two decades. They both played hurling and football with the local club Valley Rovers.

In Sweden, a postmortem to establish the exact cause of Mr O’Mahony’s death is due to take place early next week.

Mr O’Mahony was employed by Irish-based ICDS Constructors Ltd since Feb 2012 to work on the Soderstrom railway tunnel project. The tunnel, which is being submerged in part of lake Ridderfärden, will form part of the Stockholm City Line project — a €1.7bn 6km commuter train tunnel under central Stockholm.

In a statement yesterday, ICDS said “Investigations by the site authorities, local police and health and safety authorities into the circumstances of the accident are currently taking place.

“Our thoughts and prayers today are with his distraught family, friends and work colleagues.”

Mr O’Mahony is survived by his parents Mary and Bernie, his older brothers Noel, Brendan, Kieran, Bernard, Paul, and his sisters, Catherine and Elma. His brother, Thomas-Anthony, died some years ago.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing the family with consular assistance, with some family members due to travel to Sweden today. However, it could take up to three weeks before the body is released.

Liam played hurling and football with Valley Rovers with friends describing him as a fearless defender. He was a pupil of Scoil Eoin National School in Innishannon, before attending Hamilton High School in Bandon.

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