THE family of a father of seven who died after being struck by a car while walking home have paid tribute to a "loving man who lived for his children".
Martin Stokes, who was in his 40s, and his son Patrick, in his 20s, were hit by the car in Castle Street, Trim, Co Meath, at around 12.50am yesterday.
Mr Stokes, a member of the settled Traveller community, had left the Judge & Jury pub only minutes before to walk to his home in Castle Meadows.
His son, Tom, told the Irish Independent: "The whole town is shocked and saddened by what's happened. He was in the pub last night with most of his family before the accident and was walking home at the time.
"He was into all types of sports. He enjoyed a few pints and was a happy-go-lucky type of guy. He was very well-known by everyone in Trim and was a true gentleman – he always wanted to keep the family happy."
Originally from Athboy, Co Meath, Mr Stokes had lived in Trim for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Bridget, seven children and 10 grandchildren.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Our Lady's Hospital in Navan.
His son was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes' Hospital in Drogheda where his injuries were described last night as serious. The driver of the car escaped injury.
Local councillor Philip Cantwell said he knew the family and said they were "decent, honourable" people.
"I knew Martin well. I am so sad to hear this had happened. It's terrible. My thoughts go out to his family," he said.
Meanwhile, a motorcyclist was killed when his bike went off the road and crashed into a fence and stone pillar last evening.
Gardai said there was no other vehicle involved in the crash, which happened on the old N6 at Gaulstown, Rochfortbridge, Co Westmeath, shortly before 8pm.
The man was travelling between Rochfortbridge and Milltownpass when the accident occurred.
The body of the 36-year-old rider was taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore for a post-mortem examination.