Monday 25 September 2017

'He was generous, fun-loving and caring' - Tributes paid to young man (26) who died in motorcycle crash

Andrew Rowan tragically passed away in a car accident
Andrew Rowan tragically passed away in a car accident
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Tributes have been paid to a young man who tragically died in a car crash over the weekend.

Andrew Rowan (26) from Newtowncashel, Co Longford, was killed after his motorcycle collided with three cars in Athlone, Co Westmeath on Saturday July 8.

He was treated at the scene by emergency services however he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Local Councillor Gerard Farrell (FG) said the young man was "very popular in the area" and his local community have been left devastated.

"I know Andrew and his family well. Andrew drove a digger and had just started a new job.

"His father Tom cuts turf and he was always very good at helping him out. The family are very nice people."

Andrew Rowan and friend Becki Higgins
Andrew Rowan and friend Becki Higgins

Mr Farrell said that the community are "tight-knit" and will rally around the Rowan family to help get them through this tragic time.

"It's a huge shock to us all. It's very unfortunate. We have a very strong community and everyone will be there to support the family."

Family friend Becki Higgins said she is "still in shock" at the tragic news.

"He was the most generous, fun-loving and caring person I've ever met. He would drop his whole life to make me happy.

"We went everywhere together, he hated sitting around always wanted to be off having fun."

Ms Higgins said that she's "heartbroken without her best friend".

"I'm coping as well as can be expected. I'm still in shock as I was only speaking to him an hour before it happened. I feel completely heartbroken and lost without him."

Andrew is survived by his parents Tom and Margaret and two siblings, Tomas and Susan.

His funeral mass takes place on Wednesday, July 12 in St Mary's Church, Newtowncashel, at 12 noon with burial afterwards in Cashel Cemetery.

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