'Gentle soul' council worker dies after being hit by lorry while cutting hedges
A council worker killed in a road traffic collision while cutting hedges was a 'gentle soul' and much-loved father, friends have said.
Pauric Noone (62) died and three of his fellow workers were injured when they were struck by an articulated lorry on the main Sligo to Dublin N4 road near Castlebaldwin yesterday morning.
One of the injured was airlifted to Galway University Hospital where his condition last night was described as critical.
The other two workers were treated for their injuries at Sligo General Hospital. Gardaí said their injuries were not life threatening.
The incident happened at 11.40am and gardaí last night appealed for witnesses to contact them.
Witnesses said signs warning of the hedge-cutting operation were visible on the road after the crash.
Mr Noone was a father of two who lived 2km from where the crash happened. He was a fan of traditional music and supporter of the Comhaltas. The Seisun Mór at the Fleadh in Sligo was cancelled yesterday afternoon as a mark of respect.
"He was a good, decent family man and a gentle soul," said a family friend last night. "He has two daughters in their 20s and he absolutely adored them. The community is in deep shock."
It is the third tragic death of a prominent member of the Sligo community in the past 10 days following the murder of Martin 'Matt' Kivlehan and the death earlier this week of Cllr Seamus O'Boyle.
The main N4 road was closed for most of yesterday as a forensic examination took place. Sligo County Council is expected to conduct its own investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Noone.
The crash happened just hours after two people were killed in separate incidents in Co Wicklow on Wednesday night.
Terry O'Toole (44) died after falling from a horse-drawn cart on Red Lane, Calary, Kilmacanogue, not far from where he lived.
He was taken by ambulance to St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin, where he later died. There was nobody else on the cart at the time.
A 33-year-old motorcyclist died in a collision with a jeep and another motorbike in Blessington. The 49-year-old man on the second motorbike was seriously injured and is being treated at Naas General Hospital.
The female motorist driving the jeep was treated in Tallaght Hospital.