A 26 year-old civil engineer with close family connections in Ballypatrick is recovering from serious injuries he suffered in a car accident in Australia, which claimed the life of his girlfriend.
Patrick Gibbs from Ballinacurra in Limerick, whose father Jim is a member of the Gibbs family of Ballpatrick, is being treated in hospital in Perth following the tragic accident that occurred while he and his girlfriend Kelly Meehan were both returning from the airport in Perth following a trip home to Ireland.
Californian born Kelly Meehan, aged 31, from Newmarket-on-Fergus died in the crash that occurred 300 miles north west of Perth at 2am on Monday, November 14.
Jim Gibbs said a Mass was celebrated in Ballypatrick for Patrick and Kelly following the accident and he asked people in Co. Tipperary to remember his son and his deceased girlfriend in their prayers.
During his visit home to Ireland, Patrick had visited an elderly relative from Ballypatrick, who was ill in hospital in Clonmel and has sadly since passed away
Mr Gibbs said his son was on his correct side of the road and saw this car coming straight for him. He tried to avoid him, but there was nothing he could do.
“His legs are broken and he has injuries to his shoulder but thankfully he appears to have no head injuries,” Mr Gibbs said
“I would like to thank the Australian police for their professionalism in dealing with the accident and all the medics. He had to be flown by helicopter to hospital in Perth.”
Patrick is an avid sportsman. He is a member of Ballinacurra GAA Club in Limerick, of which his father is chairman, and while studying at Trinity College in Dublin he won All-Ireland intervarsity medals in Gaelic football and athletics as a member of the college’s 4X100m relay team.