Irishman dies in workplace incident in Australia

Paul Walsh (37) was working on a broadband project in Katoomba when he suffered a head injury

Tributes have been paid to a 37-year-old man from Co Sligo who was killed in a workplace incident in Australia.

Paul Walsh, originally from Rhue in Tubbercurry, died last Thursday after he suffered a head injury while working on the National Broadband Network(NBN) project in Katoomba in New South Wales.

The project will see the investment of more than Aus$29 billion in the creation of a internet and phone network. It is one of the largest infrastructure plans in the country.

Bill Morrow, chief executive of NBN, expressed his sadness at the news of the death of Mr Walsh.

“This is tragic news and we are doing all that we can to assist,” he said.

“The thoughts of everyone at NBN are with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased at this very sad time.”

Mr Walsh played for his local GAA club before he emigrated to Australia.

Tourlestrane GAA said in a statement: "On Friday morning the club was deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Paul Walsh from Rhue, in Sydney, Australia.

“The club would like to offer sincere condolences to his mother Elizabeth, brother John and all of the extended Walsh and Gilmartin families, neighbours and friends.”

The club will hold a minute silence before a league match on Tuesday night as a mark of respect to the former corner back.