Shock at death of hotel porter in early morning cycling accident

Stephen Fernane

A cyclist killed near the Gap of Dunloe on Sunday morning has been named as Mariusz Kryszak - a 45-year-old Polish national who worked for the past 15 years at The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, where staff are in shock following his death.

The father of one was pronounced dead at the scene after he collided with a car at approximately 8am at Joys Cross near Beaufort as he travelled between his nearby home and his workplace. The driver of the car was uninjured. 

The road was closed for a number of hours after, and Gardaí in Killarney are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The General Manager of The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, Jason Clifford, received a phone call at around 8.20am to say there had been an accident, and he arrived at the scene shortly after to total devastation.

On behalf of the hotel, Jason paid tribute to Mariusz, saying he was a well-liked member of staff and a huge part of the hotel's team. "I was called to the scene and it was tragic. I always say that you have a real family and a work family; Mariusz was part of the work family here for the last 15 years," said Jason.

Mariusz also worked for a time in the Europe Hotel & Resort in the Spa. 

He started as a kitchen porter in The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens and worked his way up to be Hotel Concierge.

"He is a great loss to the team and he will be sorely missed," Jason added. "It was a massive shock to us all. 

"His experience alone was of huge value to us in the hotel. Even for our repeat customers, he was used to welcoming them. 

"Our thoughts are very much with his family at this time."