Tuesday 12 December 2017

Many tributes are paid after two cycling tragedies

Eddie Crean
Eddie Crean

David Raleigh and Georgina O'Halloran

TRIBUTES have been paid to two Irish cyclists who have died in accidents in Cork and the United States.

Adventurer Eddie Crean, a father of one and native of Mayorstone, Limerick, died in Colorado on Monday night.

Known to his friends as "Fast Eddie" because he lived life to the full, he had recently settled in Denver, Colorado.

Before that he had travelled the world, cycling, running marathons, climbing mountains, rowing at regattas, and riding motorbikes.

The 43-year-old was a member of the Shannon Rowing Club and The Limerick Boat Club Appreciation Society.

It is understood he came off his mountain bike, but exact details about how he died are still unclear.

"No words can express the sorrow felt by his former crew mates and club members," said a Shannon Rowing Club spokesperson.

Friend Jonathan Martin said: "Heartbreaking day for all of us who were touched by the legend... Eddie never missed a beat – always living every day to its fullest."

It is understood that his son, who usually resides in Ireland, was in New York on work experience when his father died.

Meanwhile, a cyclist who was fatally injured when he collided with a bollard in Cork has been named locally as Charles O'Sullivan.

The incident occurred on Shandon Street on the northside of Cork city at 5.40pm on Tuesday.

Mr O'Sullivan, who lived in Ballyphehane on the southside of the city, but who was originally from Togher, was taken to Cork University Hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Irish Independent

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