Saturday 18 January 2020

'Much-loved' principal killed in collision with car is 11th cyclist death this year

Pádraic Carney’s death has left St Louis School in Rathmines ‘deeply saddened’. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Pádraic Carney’s death has left St Louis School in Rathmines ‘deeply saddened’. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Tributes have been paid to a "much-loved" primary school principal who was killed while cycling to work.

Pádraic Carney (53) had left his house on Butterfield Close, Dublin, shortly after 8am on Monday and was cycling down Butterfield Park when his bike was in collision with a car at the junction with Butterfield Crescent.

Local residents and builders who were working on a house nearby rushed to his aid and assisted as best they could until the emergency services arrived.

Mr Carney, who was the popular principal of St Louis Senior Primary School in Rathmines, Dublin 6, was brought by ambulance to Tallaght Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The circumstances of the collision are currently being investigated by gardaí at Rathfarnham garda station. The incident is being treated as a tragic accident. The elderly driver of the car involved was uninjured but shaken.

Neighbours were yesterday rallying around the Carney family to support them.

Staff were said to be in shock at St Louis School, where the pupils are aged between eight and 12.

Board of management chairperson Jake Byrne said the St Louis school community was in shock at the death of their "much-loved principal" who had an "infectious enthusiasm for the job of teaching children".

He described it as "a terrible tragedy for Pádraic's immediate and extended family, his wide circle of friends and the school community".

"We are all deeply saddened by his sudden and untimely death," he said. "Pádraic was a wonderful leader in the school. His infectious enthusiasm for the job of teaching children and his warm and charming personality made him most popular with pupils, parents, staff and all who came to know him in his job," he added.

Psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) have been supporting and advising the teachers and the school community in their efforts to assist the pupils in dealing with the tragic event.

Mr Byrne said the family have requested that their need for privacy "at this sad and difficult time be respected".

A special table was set up in a hallway where pupils and staff left flowers and recorded their memories of Mr Carney.

Gardaí in Rathfarnham are appealing for witnesses to Monday's crash to contact 01 666 6500, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

This year has been a particularly dangerous year for cyclists with 11 people losing their lives in accidents. Drivers were urged this month to slow down as the Road Safety Authority and gardaí launched National Bike Week.

Meanwhile, an Irish man has been killed in a road traffic accident in Thailand.

The victim, John Malone (39), who was originally from Longford town, was involved in a collision in the northern province of Chiang Rai, on Tuesday night. It is understood he was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries.

Mr Malone had been working in the country as an English teacher for the last three years.

Longford councillor Peggy Nolan said Mr Malone came from a very well respected family in the town. "This is an awful tragedy," she said.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed it was aware of the case and was providing consular assistance to the victim's family.

The school where Mr Malone was teaching, The Learning Centre, Chiangrai, posted a touching tribute to him, along with a video.

"We have lost today one of our beloved teachers, John Malone. John was at the heart of TLC team, helping in every way with his usual smile and happy attitude. You will always be in our hearts. RIP John," it said.

Irish Independent

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