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Thursday 17 October 2019

Priest (81) killed in hit-and-run was 'walking saint', says shocked niece

Gardaí are investigating the incident, which occurred in Keadue, Co Roscommon, at around 11pm on Saturday. Stock photo: PA Archive/PA Images
Gardaí are investigating the incident, which occurred in Keadue, Co Roscommon, at around 11pm on Saturday. Stock photo: PA Archive/PA Images
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The niece of an elderly priest who was killed in a hit-and-run has described him as a "walking saint".

Fr Michael McGuckian (81), who lived with the Oblate order in Inchicore, Dublin, had been visiting relatives in Roscommon.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, a niece of Fr McGuckian's last night described him as "the most down-to-earth man ever".

"He was a walking saint. It's terrible. We are still getting the details here but we're shocked.

"He spent 30 years in the Philippines and was the most down-to-earth man you could meet," she said.

Gardaí are investigating the incident, which occurred in Keadue, Co Roscommon, at around 11pm on Saturday.

Fr McGuckian was walking on a country road when he was struck by a car.

The driver failed to stop or remain at the scene.

A passer-by contacted the emergency services and the victim was treated at the scene but was pronounced dead a short time later.

A 20-year-old man, who gardaí say was the driver of the car involved, later presented himself at Carrick-on-Shannon garda station.

A full forensic and technical examination of the scene in Keadue was under way yesterday.

A spokesman for the Oblate order said Fr McGuckian was well known and liked in the community.

"He had served in the Philippines as a mission worker for a number of years before returning to Ireland in 1999," he said.

Irish Independent

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