Funeral tributes to teacher killed in bike crash
A national school teacher who died on his way to work last week was honoured at his funeral yesterday as a family man who touched many lives.
Padraic Carney, a 53-year-old father-of-three, died last Tuesday after he was involved in a collision with a car while cycling to school.
Mr Carney was a well-known and much-loved principal at St Louis Senior Primary School in Rathmines, Dublin.
A huge crowd gathered at the Church of St Pius X Templeogue to pay their respects to Mr Carney, his wife Aine and three daughters, Cialann, Aisling and Laoise.
Among the mourners were family and friends from his native Wicklow, current and past pupils from the schools he taught at, neighbours and colleagues.
Junior minister Mary Mitchell-O'Connor paid her respects on behalf of the Department of Education.
"It's a terrible loss," she said. "I just wanted to come here and represent the Department of Education. It's important we pay tribute to him and his family because he was obviously a much-loved man."
Mr Carney was remembered as a keen sportsman who also had a passion for current affairs.
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