Monday 24 July 2017

'The loss is immeasurable,' hit-and-run victim remembered at funeral

The Funeral of Colin Tuite at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Dangan, Co. Meath today. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
The Funeral of Colin Tuite at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Dangan, Co. Meath today. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The young man killed in a hit-and-run last week has been remembered at his funeral as selfless, generous, and giving freely of his time and knowledge.

Colin Tuite (27), from Co Meath, was walking towards Summerhill village last Thursday when he was struck by a car travelling away from the town on the Rathmolyon Road, known locally as the New Road.

The driver failed to remain at the scene.

Colin was found with fatal injuries at the side of the road at around 8.50pm.

Colin Tuite
Colin Tuite

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan.

Parts of a car were recovered at the scene which were technically examined as part of the investigation, and gardai launched an appeal for information about a dark green Ford Mondeo saloon car manufactured between 2001 and 2007.

A man has since been arrested after presenting himself to Trim garda station.

“It is with heavy hearts, with great sadness, and with great faith, we gather here today to be with all of Colin’s family,” said Fr Michael Meade as he celebrated requiem mass.

“All of you this past week have felt that loss, have felt that pain, has felt that heavy cross of loss. That loss is immeasurable,” he said, addressing the family.

“Colin was a man full of promise. In spite of his short life he achieved much. Much to be admired, much to be envied. He gave his life, his knowledge. He gave it in love,” he added.

Gifts brought to the altar of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dangan, Co Meath today included Colin’s passport, to represent his travels in life; a notepad in which Colin made notes of his favourite music; and Colin’s nameplate from the TV show Countdown.

“Colin had an interest in the English language from an early age. He was a fan of Countdown and even got the opportunity to appear on the show,” mourners heard.

Colin had spent time in Korea teaching English to children, and one of the symbols brought to the altar was a calendar from the school where he volunteered.

Mourners were encouraged to donate to the school through a charity called Aikwangwon.

Colin is survived by his parents Noel and Anne, brother Thomas, sisters Lorraine and Yvonne, grandmother Mary Glennon and wider family.

After funeral mass, Colin’s remains were buried in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Gardai are appealing or any witnesses, or anyone with information or who travelled the Summerhill to Rathmolyon road between 8.30pm and 9pm on Thursday last to contact Trim Garda Station on 046-9481540, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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