'He would always meet and greet you with a smile' - Tributes paid to dad-of-six killed in canal crash
A father of six who was tragically killed when his car plunged into the Grand Canal in Co Offaly has been named locally as Patrick Buckley.
The well-known 38-year-old musician died during the shocking incident that occurred near his home the village of Pollagh in the early hours of this morning.
His vehicle was located by a passerby at about noon today.
Gardai say that he was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The area close to the canal is flooded.
He was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore where he was pronounced dead.
The road was closed for a period of time to facilitate Garda Forensic Collision Investigators but has since reopened.
Local councillor John Leahy has described Mr Buckley as being full of life.
“He was very well known. When you met Patrick, he was full of life. He was an entertainer, and loved by everybody.
"He would always meet you and greet you with a smile. It’s devastating,” he said.
“He has six children aged between five and 17,” he added.
Mr Buckley's death brings to 11 the number of people killed this week on Irish roads.
Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Tullamore Garda Station on 057 9327600, the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.