New Year tragedy

Gardaí are appealing for 'dash cam' footage from the public in their investigation into the crash that killed father-of-two Michael Moynihan (55) outside Castleisland on Monday morning.

Mr Moynihan was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, after the commercial van he was driving collided with an articulated lorry on the N21 at Meenleitrim, north of Castleisland at around 9.10am.

A native of Gneeveguilla, Mr Moynihan is remembered this week as a highly-respected member of the local community and a devoted family man.

The Gneeveguilla community was rocked by the tragedy, rallying to the side of Mr Moynihan's wife Eileen, daughters Michelle and Aoife, grandchildren and siblings.

"He was just a fantastic brother, husband and father," Oliver Moynihan told The Kerryman. "He would never leave any of us down, he was always there for us. I can't tell you how shocking it was to get the phonecall."

Gneeveguilla GAA Club paid heartfelt tribute to a man who had been a star player for the senior football team in the mid-eighties; playing in three O'Donoghue Cup finals and captaining Gneeveguilla in 1986. "We would like to offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Eileen, daughters Michelle, Aoife, his two grandchildren and all of the Moynihan family...It is with a heavy heart that we hear of his passing," the Club posted to social media on Tuesday.

Mr Moynihan was a long-term employee of Tricel, formerly Killarney Plastics, and was driving one of the company's vehicles at the time of the crash. CEO of Tricel Mike Stack paid tribute to a man he said had grown-up with the firm: "We are absolutely devastated and heart broken. Mike John grew up with the company and has been part of the Tricel family since 1982. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his wife Eileen, daughters Michelle and Aoife, his two grandchildren, extended family and friends. He will be sadly missed by his friends and colleagues in Tricel. May he rest in peace".