Family hand over walk funds to River Rescue Group

The family of a young Cappawhite man who died in a tragic kayak accident earlier this year have paid tribute to the Carrick on Suir River Rescue Group.

The family of a young Cappawhite man who died in a tragic kayak accident earlier this year have paid tribute to the Carrick on Suir River Rescue Group.

Last April Philip Kelly and his friend Connie Smith died in the accident in Portlaw, County Waterford. The friends, who were used to travelling the world together on great adventures, died in a 'death trap' weir on the River Clodiagh, near Portlaw.

Philip lived in Butlerstown and worked in the research and development section of Teva Pharmaceuticals in Waterford.

Monies raised for the Carrick River Rescue Group were handed over recently by the Kelly family.

The money was raised last October when more than 100 people treked to the top of Galtymore to raise money in memory of Phil and his friend Connie Smith.

The walkers raised E5,000 on the day.

"This river rescue group is non-government funded. We feel it is a vital service and all those involved devote considerable amounts of their own time and effort to maintaining this service. We were delighted to raise money that will help them continue to provide this invaluable service," said Phil's brother Pat.

Pat thanked all those who took part in the walk and the members of the public who supported the fund raising activity.

"The family greatly appreciates those who helped out in the fundraiser and made the trek to the top of Galtymore so enjoyable in memory of Phil and Connie. In particular we would like to thank all our local friends and neighbours and all Philip's workmates from Teva in Waterford and also the Smith family in Cavan. We feel that the efforts people have made from the fundraiser is a great tribute to the memory of Philip and Connie," said Pat.