Arrest after cyclist dies in Clontarf hit and run

General view of junction of Howth Road and Clontarf Road, Marino/Clontarf, Dublin.

Ryan Nugent

A man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run that left a cyclist in his 60s dead.

Eugene Maher from Griffith Downs, Whitehall, was struck down by a car at the junction of the Howth Road on Tuesday June 30.

The 62-year-old was rushed by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital, but was later pronounced dead.

Gardai later recovered  a silver Volkswagen Golf, a short distance away from the crime scene, at Croydon Park, Marino.

Mr Maher was the father of League of Ireland soccer star, Stephen Maher, who plays for Drogheda United, and was heavily involved with nearby soccer side, Home Farm.

“Eugene had been an active volunteer in the club,” a representative for the club said.

“He was highly-regarded by all who had the good fortune to know him.”

The man, in his 20s, was taken to Clontarf Garda Station for questioning yesterday afternoon. He was later released without charge and a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Maher’s funeral will take place on Friday at O’Connell School Auditorium, North Richmond Street at 12pm.