A FORMER resident of Castlemagner died at the weekend in a tragic road accident near his adopted home of Killarney.
Father-of-three Declan Lowney (68), was involved in a collision with a Mercedes minibus close to Coolcorcan Junction on the N22 Killarney-Tralee Road at approximately 9.45pm on Easter Sunday night. A resident of Knockeendubh, Kilcummin, Mr Lowney was originally from Clonakilty and had lived for a time in Castlemagner before moving to Kerry.
Gardaí have stated that he had been cycling in the direction of Killarney, on the wrong side of the road, when he was involved in a collision with the minibus, which travelling from Killarney. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Tralee General Hospital.
His partner, Joan Murphy spoke of her shock at the tragic news.
"He was a good man who was very sociable and was very good to me - he will be missed," she stated. "I don't know what happened but I feel sorry for the driver of the minibus, my heart goes out to him."
Recently returned from New York where he had spent the past few months, Mr Lowney had moved to the Kilcummin area within the past year and had previously lived in Castleisland and Castlemagner in north Cork where he had operated a mobile fast food business.
He was described by friends as "an extremely personable man" who had only recently taken up cycling.
"He stood out and brought light into our lives as a great story teller," one friend said this week.
"He had bought a good bike and took it everywhere as he thought it was great, that's why this news is so sad," he added.
Requiem Mass Mass for Declan Lowney was celebrated on Wednesday in Clonakilty Parish Church, with funeral afterwards to St Mary's Cemetery, Clonakilty.