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Father of football star sustained fatal injuries after being knocked from bike in hit and run

Louise Roseingrave

Published 17/11/2015 | 13:53

General view of junction of Howth Road and Clontarf Road, Marino/Clontarf, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of junction of Howth Road and Clontarf Road, Marino/Clontarf, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

THE FATHER of League of Ireland soccer star Stephen Maher sustained fatal head injuries after he was knocked off his bicycle in a suspected hit and run.

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Eugene Maher (62) from the Crescent, Griffith Downs, Whitehall, Dublin 9 was cycling in north Dublin when he was struck by a car.

Mr Maher, a father of two, was knocked off his bike while cycling in the Clontarf area on June 30 2015.

The cause of death was severe head injuries, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard. Stephen Maher took to the witness box to identify his father as an inquest into the death was opened and adjourned.

Detective Inspector Sean Campbell told the court that a file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and a reply is ‘imminent'.

Det Insp Campbell applied for a three month adjournment of the inquest to allow for the DPP’s direction in relation to the case.

Stephen Maher said in his deposition that he identified his father Eugene's body to Sgt Michael Higgins at Beaumont Hospital on July 1 2015. Sgt Higgins, of Dublin Airport Garda Station said he identified Eugene Maher’s body directly to State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy prior to post mortem examination.

In her report, Prof Cassidy returned the cause of death as severe head injuries as a result of an incident.

Mr Maher’s wife Marie Maher wept as the coroner read out the cause of death. She was in court with her two children, daughter Lisa, a model and son Stephen, who plays for Drogheda United.

The talented footballer previously played with the Republic of Ireland U21 team, Yeovil Town, Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic FC and Monaghan United FC.

The coroner asked the family if they had any question in relation to the cause of death and they replied ‘no.’ Stephen did not speak in the witness box other than to answer questions from Coroner Dr Brian Farrell.

Dr Farrell extended his sympathies to the family saying he was aware of further details in the case but could not comment until after the DPP’s decision. “The matter is with the DPP so I cannot say anything further this morning,” Dr Farrell said.

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