Thursday 19 July 2018

'Extremely popular' man who 'lived and breathed horses' killed leaving RDS show

Road death victim Jonathan Fitzpatrick. Killed in a car crash when driving home to Kilkenny after working at the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS on August 12th 2017
Road death victim Jonathan Fitzpatrick. Killed in a car crash when driving home to Kilkenny after working at the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS on August 12th 2017

Sarah Slater and Ryan Nugent

Jonathan Fitzpatrick (23), from Keatingstown, Co Kilkenny, died when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a barrier on the Naas Road near Kingswood at about 6am on Saturday.

No other vehicle was involved.

He was taken to Tallaght Hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Mr Fitzpatrick was from a well-known showjumping and equine bloodstock family and he had been travelling back from working at the annual show at the RDS.

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It is believed he had borrowed his parents' car to travel home to feed and care for horses, and was due to return to Dublin later that day to resume his work.

N7 Crash Scene Kingswood. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie
N7 Crash Scene Kingswood. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Jonathan was an "extremely popular guy and lived and breathed horses since he was a little boy", said a friend. "He had been going back to Kilkenny to sort out some work there.

"He was renowned for his hard work, professionalism, love of life and, of course, horses. He grew up around them and was heavily involved in the equine industry.

"His family are absolutely devastated, as are all his friends.

"News of Jonathan's shock death spread quickly around the horse show in the RDS on Saturday and, of course, it knocked the stuffing out of everyone there with the awful news.

"He will be dearly missed by his many relations and friends," the friend added.

He was the single occupant of the 4x4 that crashed.

Jonathan was the eldest son of Sharon and Joe and is also survived by his international showjumping sister Susan and brother Killian, along with his grandparents John and Agatha Butler.

His remains are reposing at Keatingstown House today from 3pm until 8pm.

Funeral Mass will take place tomorrow at St Canice's Church in Kilkenny at 11am, with burial afterwards.

Mr Fitzpatrick's death was one of two on Irish roads over the weekend.

Motorcyclist

On Sunday afternoon, a male motorcyclist in his 40s sustained serious injuries when he collided with a car in Athlone.

The motorcyclist was treated by emergency services at the scene, and was transported by air ambulance to Galway University Hospital.

However, he was pronounced dead a few hours later.

The two deaths over the weekend brought the total to 101 in 2017.

The figure, according to gardai, is 13 less than at the same time last year.

The total number of collisions in which deaths occurred has also decreased, from 106 to 94.

Some 42 drivers and 14 motorcyclists have already died this year, along with 20 pedestrians, 14 passengers and 10 cyclists.

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