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

A DUBLIN man has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving following an incident in Swords over the weekend in which a pedestrian was fatally injured.

Desmond Collopy (29), did not apply for bail and he was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

Eamon Cronin (50), was fatally injured following an incident in Swords, Co Dublin just after 3am on Saturday morning.

Mr Collopy, with an address at Landen Road in Ballyfermot, appeared before Dublin District Court this morning charged with dangerous driving.


The offence allegedly took place at the junction of Malahide Road and Main Street in Swords on August 16.

Garda Ciaran McGeough told the court that he arrested the accused at his home in Ballyfermot shortly after 4pm on Saturday afternoon. He was taken to Swords Garda Station where he was detained for questioning. He was subsequently charged on Sunday afternoon.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said there was no application for bail.

Judge Michael Walsh remanded Mr Collopy in custody to appear before Cloverhill court on August 22.

Mr Collopy, who was wearing a pale grey tracksuit, did not address the court during the short hearing.

Mr Cronin, a born-again Christian, had been married for 19 years and had no children.

He worked as a customer services advisor at the Permanent TSB on Baggot Street, and was due to celebrate his birthday on Thursday.

Mr Cronin's widow, Jane (48), told the Herald that her husband was "loveable, funny, generous, kind-hearted and humorous".

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

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, 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 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.

Meanwhile, gardai have renewed their appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of North Street in Swords at the time of the incident to contact them.

They are also anxious to speak to two females who took a lift in a dark coloured Volkswagen Golf car in the Swords area between 3am and 3.30am to contact the incident room at Swords Garda Station on 01 6664700.