Tributes paid to insurance manager killed in car crash
Tributes have been paid to a well-known insurance manager who died in a car crash yesterday evening.
Padhraic Moran, a cousin of legendary Kerry footballer Denis 'Ogie' Moran was killed when his car left the Dublin-Limerick road and crashed into a fence at approximately 8pm.
A native of Ballybunion Co Kerry, Mr Moran had been living in Corbally, Limerick where he worked as a senior manager with the Zurich Life insurance company.
Paying tribute, colleagues in the insurance sector said Mr Moran was famous for sourcing tickets for All-Ireland Finals and Munster rugby matches.
"He was the guy who could get his hands on tickets right up to the last minute on match day," a colleague said. "He'd always pull one out of the hat for you.
"His big thing was going to the GAA matches, and he was really into the local football scene as well. He was a massive Kerry supporter - his face would light up when he talked about the GAA -- and he was a big Munster fan too."
Others paid tribute to his "softly spoken" and "kind" nature.
"He was an absolute gentleman to be 100% honest about it. He was also an extremely conscientious guy too, and a really generous and helpful colleague."
They added: "He had a busy job. He would be busy all of the time dealing with brokers all over Munster. He was a smashing guy and a really genuine person."
Mr Moran, who was in his 50s, is survived by his wife Ann, a nurse in Limerick, his mother May, a retired nurse, and his brothers Michael and Peter.
His brother Peter is a dentist in Tralee and another brother Michael is well-known in the menswear retail trade.
He runs a shop in Thurles and he also took over Willie Ryle's store in Tralee a number of years ago.
The M7 was closed between a Birdhill and Castletroy overnight, to allow gardai examine the scene, but the road has since reopened.
Gardai at Nenagh have appealed for witnesses to the fatal crash to contact them on 067-50450.