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