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Tuesday 12 December 2017

'We want to know why our Mark died in taxi crash' - barman's family pleads for information

Paul Gerety (dad) and Andrew (brother) hold a picture of Mark Gerety who died in a taxi crash Photo: Mark Condren
Paul Gerety (dad) and Andrew (brother) hold a picture of Mark Gerety who died in a taxi crash Photo: Mark Condren

Ryan Nugent

The heartbroken family of a Dublin barman killed in a car crash last week has pleaded for more information on how it happened.

Mark Gerety (39), who was from Clontarf and worked in a pub owned by hotelier Louis Fitzgerald, died in the accident while taking a taxi home from work last week.

Mr Fitzgerald will close the Parnell Heritage Bar during the funeral, and has also organised a bus for staff to travel to Wicklow, where Mr Gerety grew up, to pay their respects.

Details

Mr Gerety's father, Paul, said that while the family know he died in a road accident, they are in the dark as to the exact details.

The barman died in a two-car collision at Summerhill Parade, Dublin 1, at 1.40am last Friday.

Mark Gerety
Mark Gerety

The taxi driver was treated for minor injuries while the driver of the other car unharmed.

Mr Gerety's father and mother, Anne, were on holiday in Sicily when they heard the news of his death, and it took almost two days for them to make it back home.

"It's been harrowing for us, the past few days. We couldn't get a flight out, it was a day and a half waiting," said the grieving dad.

"A parent's worst nightmare is losing their children, and we were just stuck there.

"We're broken-hearted obviously, it's a tragedy beyond belief.

"We were talking to Louis Fitzgerald yesterday about how devastated they all are in the pub. People are constantly calling in and out.

"He'll be at the funeral, he organised the bus from the Parnell Heritage Bar."

The family home in Wicklow town has had hundreds of visitors, particularly from the rugby community.

Typical

Mr Gerety had been heavily involved in the sport throughout his childhood and had played up until recently.

His funeral tomorrow is expected to bring the town to a standstill.

"We're distraught, we're heartbroken, but we haven't had to step outside the door for one minute," said his father.

"Everybody who arrives at the door has a parcel, and it's wonderful, it's a typical Irish thing."

The lack of clarity on how the crash happened has caused the family difficulty.

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