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Tipperary Man Dies In New Zealand

Ida Valley New Zealand

New Zealand police have named an Irishman killed in a car crash in central Otago’s Ida Valley early this morning.
He was Leslie Armitage, aged 23, From Co. Tipperary, who was working as a farmhand in the Ida Valley, Senior Sergeant Jill Woods, of Alexandra police, stated.

Leslie was a former student of Gurteen Agricultural College and Waterford Institute of Technology and was runner up as part of the succesful Irish team at the European Young Shepherds event in Paris, France.

Another 21-year-old man, who was also from Ireland and who worked with Mr Armitage, received minor injuries in the crash.
Mr Armitage became trapped under the Land Rover Discovery 4WD he was driving on Stillburn Road, Poolburn, when it failed to take a bend, leaving the rural, gravel road and rolling through a fence into a nearby paddock.

Mr Armitage was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

To his family and many friends at this time goes our heart felt sympathy.

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