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I forgive killer in hit-and-run, says wife of victim

The widow of a man killed in a suspected hit-and-run in Swords has said she forgives the person who was driving the car that drove away from the scene.

Eamon Cronin (50) was killed when he was struck on North Street just after 3am on Saturday.

He was employed as a customer services advisor at the Permanent tsb branch on 
Baggot Street.

Passersby tried to assist Mr Cronin until the emergency services arrived, but his injuries proved fatal and he was pronounced dead in hospital.


A 29-year-old man was due to appear in court this morning in relation to the incident.

Speaking to the Herald, Mr Cronin's widow Jane (48) said: "If there is anyone responsible for what happened, I forgive them.

"I am a Christian - Born Again (Christian). And so was Eamon. Forgiveness is very important," she added.

"If I did not forgive someone, then it is like drinking a bottle of poison and expecting the other person to die," she said with emotion.

"Eamon's 51st birthday would have been next Thursday."

Fighting back her tears, she told the Herald they were 
married for 19 years.

The couple had no 

"Eamon was loveable, funny, generous, kind-hearted and humorous," said Jane.

"His faith in the Bible was unshakeable," she added.

Garda forensic collision investigators examined the scene to try to establish how the incident occurred and what the make, model and colour of the car might be.

Investigating gardai are appealing to anyone who was in the vicinity of North Street at the time of the incident to contact them.

They are also anxious to speak with two women who took a lift in a dark-coloured Volkswagen Golf Car in the Swords area on the morning of Saturday between 3am and 3.30am to contact the incident room at Swords Garda Station.

Friends of Eamon said the community in Swords was shocked and saddened by his death.

Friends and family were 
comforting Jane last night.

Mr Cronin lived in the Ridgewood estate in Swords and was originally from Shanowen Road in Santry.

A friend, Jack Kelly (37), said: "I can't believe this has happened. Eamon was a gentle giant.

"He was a very placid and caring person," he added.

Mr Cronin was also known as a man of great faith.


"He had a great belief in the Bible. He's an angel in heaven now," said Mr Kelly.

Another friend described Eamon as a "a very kind man" who will be greatly missed.

"He was a firm Manchester United fan," Owen Moran (50) from Beaumont told the Herald.

"People are still in shock. He was a good man," he added.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Swords Garda Station 01-6664700 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.