Man arrested after 'gentle giant' killed in hit-and-run
FORMER All Ireland hurling champion Cillian Farrell’s father Peter was the cyclist killed in a hit-and-run accident in Co Offaly.
Grandfather Pee Farrell (60), a fitter with Bord na Mona, was struck at a crossroads, a few miles from his home in Edenderry, Co Offaly as he pedalled along his regular evening route.
Gardai arrested a man in his 20s at midday yesterday and he was being held last night at Leixlip garda station. The suspect can be held without charge for up to 24 hours.
A car was also seized for forensic examination by garda technical experts.
The arrest followed a detailed examination of the scene at Carrick on the Kinnegad to Edenderry Road, around 5km from Carbury, Co Kildare.
Last weekend, Mr Farrell, described by his family as a “gentle giant” and his wife Peggy had travelled to Killarney to the same hotel where they had stayed 37 years ago on their honeymoon.
The keen GAA fan had also managed to sneak a peek at the Kerry team training ahead of this weekend's All-Ireland final.
His son, Cillian Farrell, an All Ireland medal-winning hurler with Offaly and manager of the Meath senior hurling team, said: "He was well known throughout north Offaly for his work ethic and his generosity to others. If anyone needed anything he'd give them a dig out."
Mr Farrell was struck at around 8.55pm on Tuesday and, after his body was found on the roadside, the area was immediately sealed off.
A crew from the local fire brigade kept watch over Mr Farrell's body at the scene for several hours as a mark of respect for the man who had spent 27 years working with the fire service. His body was later removed to Naas General Hospital.
His son Nevin said the entire family, including his wife Peggy and grandchildren Cormac and Aisling were "gutted".
"He was diagnosed with diabetes last April and he was cycling to work and home and then doing the block of the road in the evening," Cillian said.
Nevin added: "The whole community is numbed. He was a big gentle giant."
The removal will take place from Mr Farrell's home to St Mary's Church, Edenderry, at 6pm tomorrow, with burial after 11am Mass on Saturday.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Leixlip station at 01 6667800 or telephone the confidential line, 1800 666111.