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OAP hit by son on Father's Day buried

A popular pensioner has died -- three weeks after his son knocked him off his bike on Father's Day.

Emmanuel 'Manzer' Thackaberry (70), from Nurney Bog, Nurney, Co Kildare, was enjoying a cycle when he was struck by his son's car.

He died at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, last Wednesday after 17 days in a coma.

He was buried on Saturday morning at the packed Church of the Sacred Heart, Nurney. His wife Breda, sons, daughters, sisters and grandchildren were among the mourners.

Parish priest Fr Adrian Carberry described his death as a tragedy.

"It shook the community of Nurney to the core," he said.

"There was a great turnout at the funeral on Saturday morning. He was a great family man who loved cycling and looking after his greyhounds."

A neighbour described the events of last week as "extremely emotional".

"It is going to be so strange not to see Manzer cycling the roads or walking his greyhounds," she said.

"There was that much of a crowd at the funeral that there wasn't enough room in the graveyard for everyone. Everybody loved Manzer, he'll be sorely missed."

Manzer Thackaberry will also be missed at Newbridge Greyhound Stadium, where he was a favourite among the staff

"He was a great patron for Newbridge greyhound stadium, a real gentleman who was a pleasure to deal with," said a spokesperson for Newbridge Greyhound Stadium.

His son was travelling towards Mr Thackaberry's house to surprise him for Father's Day on June 20 but struck his father, who was cycling home from a rally.

The pensioner ran a grocery store in the village of Nurney along with his wife Breda but had recently moved in to a house in the Nurney bog.

Mr Thackaberry was a father of eight, with four sons and four daughters.

He also had many grandchildren.