Monday 19 February 2018

Hit-and-run victim was 'a devoted husband'

Breda Heffernan and Anne Lucey

GARDAI have appealed to the driver of a vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run accident, which left a devoted husband dead, to come forward.

Niall Collins (51), a self-employed painter and decorator, had been due to celebrate his 22nd wedding anniversary with his wife, Annemarie, this summer.

Mr Collins was hit by the vehicle as he walked from Killorglin Golf Club, Co Kerry, to his mother-in-law's house a short distance away on Friday evening. The driver failed to stop. The victim was pronounced dead at the roadside and his body was removed to Cork University Hospital.

Mr Collins had spent the afternoon golfing. After socialising in the clubhouse, he decided to leave his car behind.


It is believed that he had intended to get a lift from his mother-in-law's house to his home in Milltown.

Eileen Bell, a member of the golf club and a family friend, said the community was stunned by the death.

She said: "We're in total shock. Annemarie is devastated, she's numb. They would have been 22 years married in June.

"They were devoted to each other and didn't have any children. It's just cruel."

Mr Collins was near the entrance to the golf club on the main Killorglin to Milltown road when he was hit by the vehicle at around 8.30pm.

Supt Michael O'Donovan yesterday appealed for the driver of the vehicle to come forward. He also asked anyone who was travelling between Killorglin and Milltown at the time to contact gardai in Killorglin.

A funeral Mass will take place at St James's Church in Killorglin at 10.30am today.

In Co Galway, nine people were taken to hospital yesterday following a three-vehicle crash on the N17 between Tuam and Claregalway. The collision took place close to Corrandrum National School shortly after lunchtime.

Nine people were removed to University Hospital Galway. Seven remained in hospital last night but were all said to be in a stable condition.

Meanwhile, a single-vehicle crash in Meath left one young woman dead and two men and a second woman injured. The accident happened on the N3 at Clowanstown, Dunshaughlin, at around 7am yesterday.

All four occupants of the car were taken to Blanchardstown Hospital in Dublin, where one of the women (22) was pronounced dead. The condition of the other three is described as "not life-threatening".

Gardai have appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to ring them in Ashbourne on 01 801 0600 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Irish Independent

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