Friday 24 February 2017

Town in shock after crash death of 'friendly young man with a genuine zest for life'

Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

Kenneth Dunne died in a motorcycle accident near Mullingar town
Kenneth Dunne died in a motorcycle accident near Mullingar town
The scene at Roscath, south of Wicklow, where a 31-year-old pedestrian died after he was knocked down by a car

Tributes have been paid to the country's latest road crash victim, an 'outgoing, friendly young man' with a 'genuine zest for life'.

Kenneth Dunne (24), from Edenderry, Co Offaly, was one of two young men who lost their lives in the country's latest road tragedies.

Mr Dunne was killed and another man injured when the motorbike he was travelling on left the road and collided with a barrier in Co Westmeath.

Mr Dunne suffered fatal injuries, while the other individual involved suffered a broken leg.

The incident occurred at 11.20am yesterday at Heathstown, Coralstown, east of Mullingar town on the old N4 road.

The man was taken by ambulance to Mullingar Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The scene at Roscath
The scene at Roscath

Garda Forensic Collision Investigators sealed the road for a short period to allow for inspections to take place.

Mr Dunne was last night described as an "outgoing, friendly young man" who had a "genuine zest for life".

Local councillor Noel Bourke said he came from a highly respected family in his hometown and that his parents, Edward and Bernadette, have been left heartbroken and devastated after the incident.

"They are a very respected family - they are lovely people. The whole town is in shock. Our condolences go to all the Dunne family at this terrible time," he said.

"He was genuine, happy-go-lucky lad. All that knew him will miss him badly."

Mr Dunne was an avid motor enthusiast and worked locally as a tyre fitter in Edenderry.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Mullingar Garda Station on 044-9384000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

In a separate incident, on Saturday night Simon McGeoghegan (31), from Arklow, Co Wicklow, was killed as he walked along the M11 motorway.

The former scaffolder was struck by a car as he made his way along the southbound lane of the newly opened stretch of road after 10.25pm at Roscath, just south of Wicklow town.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his remains were later removed to Loughlinstown Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Mr McGeoghegan is originally from Moville, Co Donegal, but has been living in Arklow with his partner, Zara O'Toole, for several years.

It is understood Mr Mc- Geoghegan, who was working in the fishing industry in recent months, had been socialising in Wicklow town and had decided to walk home afterwards. It is believed that a number of motorists noticed him on the road shortly before the accident.

The road remained closed for a number of hours following the incident to facilitate forensic examinations.

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Wicklow Garda Station on 0404 60140, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Irish Independent

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