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Monday 19 March 2018

Woman in her 20s is arrested over tragic hit-and-run

Alan McSherry
Alan McSherry
The funeral cortege of Alan McSherry makes its way through Bundoran
Alan's wife Jo arrives at the funeral Mass at Star of the Sea Church on August 29
Alan's parents Frank and Ursula McSherry

GARDAI have arrested a woman in her 20s as part of an investigation into a fatal hit-and-run in Donegal last month.

She was arrested in Ballyshannon and has been detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Ballyshannon Garda Station.

The Garda investigation began when the body of 48-year-old Alan McSherry was discovered on a road at Ardfarn, Bundoran, in the early hours of Sunday August 25.

His body was found by his wife Jo who had driven out to find him when he hadn't returned home from a night out at the Bridge Bar in the town.

Mr McSherry’s family had appealed for the driver to come forward in the days following his death.

The 48-year-old's funeral brought the Donegal town to a standstill on August 29 as mourners remembered an Englishman who travelled the world before falling in love with the town.

The community support following the death has helped ease the family's heartache, Fr Thomas Keogan said.

Hundreds of mourners packed into the Star of the Sea Church after following Mr McSherry's cortege down the town's main street.

His widow Jo, supported by family and friends, walked behind the coffin.

Alan's brother Terence called on the driver to come forward: "They will never be able to live with themselves; the only way we will get closure is if they come forward."

Terence said he had wonderful memories of his brother.

"We family members would all come to Bundoran as often as we could and Alan would have us all out trying new things."

Mr McSherry, originally from Birkenhead, was a man who loved life and lived it to the full, said Fr Keogan.

He met his wife Jo when they were both 19. They had lived a life of adventure together, he said.

"They travelled the world, touching many famous parts and changed so many people's lives," said the parish priest.

"Alan was a keen surfer, cyclist, mountain-climber and travelled the world looking for the best spots to fulfil his needs for what the family called adrenaline sports.

"Alan and Jo left Birkenhead with a tour of Europe planned, but once in Bundoran their love of the town and people they met kept them here for 13 years," said Fr Keogan.

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