A man who died after his car entered the sea in Kinvara has been named locally as Fr. Anthony Minniter.

Fr. Minniter was a native of Co. Clare served as a priest in the South Galway area for almost a decade.

Fr. Anthony Minniter was well-known in the Ballinderreen and Kinvara areas where he served for 9 years before retiring in 2015.

His car was spotted entering the sea near Kinvara Pier at around 8 yesterday evening.

Locals who witnessed the incident came to his immediate aid and he was rescued by emergency services a short time later and taken to University Hospital Galway in a critical condition.

However, he died at the hospital late last night.

Fr. Minniter, who was aged in his late 70s, was ordained in Rome in 1991 and served as Parish Priest to the people of Ballinderreen before his retirement.

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