An Irish tradie who died suddenly while working at a WA mine site was “living his best life” before a medical episode cruelly cut it short.
Alan Walsh, 26, has been described as a “much-loved family member, loyal friend and workmate” after he died last month.
Generous donations have poured in to help repatriate his body home to Limerick, in western Ireland, with a fundraiser generating more than $60,000 in donations in just two days.
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The team behind the online campaign said Walsh was “surrounded by the best group of mates on-site and living his best life”.
“Alan was so well thought of by everyone who knew him. He just had one of those infectious, positive attitudes,” the tribute read.
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“We understand Alan was well loved and will be sorely missed by friends and family far and wide.”
His former local soccer club, Geraldines AFC Limerick, joined many with ties to Walsh in taking to social media to honour him.
“Alan ‘Buller’, as he was better known, played for the Dines for many years as a schoolboy and wore the candy stripes with pride,” the club said.
Alan Walsh’s death has triggered an outpouring of grief and generosity. Credit: Supplied
“Alan without question, was a manager’s dream as he never minded playing in goal or outfield, as in either position he excelled.
“Alan had a great love for all sport and he will be missed.”
The campaign organisers said they had been in contact with Walsh’s mother, whose wish is to see the donations shared with charity.
The money will now be split between family expenses, Perth’s Claddagh Association — which supports members of the Irish community in WA, and the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, which assists bereaved families to afford the repatriation of loved ones.
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