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Tuesday 15 October 2019

'He was a walking saint' - Tributes paid to priest who died following hit and run incident

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Conor Feehan

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An elderly priest who was killed in a hit and run in Co Roscommon on Saturday night has been named as Fr Michael Guckian, who lived with the Oblate order in Inchicore in Dublin.

Fr Guckian (81) had been visiting relatives in Roscommon when the incident occurred.

It is understood he had returned to his native Roscommon for an anniversary mass for a relative in the Drumboylan area.

Gardai are investigating the incident which occurred in Keadue, Co Roscommon, at approximately 11pm on Saturday night.

Fr Guckian was walking on a country road when he was struck by a car. The driver failed to stop or remain at the scene.

A passer-by contacted the emergency services and the victim was treated at the scene but pronounced dead a short time later.

A 20-year-old man, who gardai say was the driver of the car involved, later presented himself at Carrick-On-Shannon Garda Station.

A full and forensic and technical examination of the scene in Keadue was underway yesterday, and diversions were put in place.

Speaking to Independent.ie, a niece of Fr Guckian's described him as "the most down to earth man ever".

"He was a walking saint. It's terrible. We are still getting the details here but we're shocked. He spent thirty years in the Philippines and was the most down to earth man you could meet," she said.

A spokesman for the Oblate order said Fr Guckian was well known and liked in the community.

“He had served in the Philippines as a mission worker for a number of years before returning to Ireland in 1999,” he said.

“Fr Michael was well liked and loved, and will be missed,” he added.

A nephew of Fr Michael rang the Oblate order to inform them of the news.

Gardai in Boyle are investigating.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to Boyle Garda Station on 071 966 4620, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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