Tarbert and Glin rocked by fatal motorbike crash

Dónal Nolan

The people of Tarbert and Glin have been rocked by Monday's fatal road crash outside Listowel in which 50-year-old Patrick Martin lost his life.

Mr Martin was travelling to his workplace at a fabrication company when the motorbike he was riding collided with a car at the Shanacool Cross in Kilmeaney, Kilmorna - the junction with the road to Athea.

It is understood that the father-of-three was killed instantly in the collision that occurred at around 5pm on Monday.

The sole occupant of the other vehicle, a man from the Tralee area, was treated for shock but was otherwise uninjured.

Gardaí and a nurse arrived on the scene within minutes and struggled frantically to resuscitate Mr Martin, helped in their efforts by paramedics who arrived at the scene moments later. Tragically their efforts were to no avail and Mr Martin was pronounced dead at the scene before his remains were taken to Kerry University Hospital.

Mr Martin was a native of Glin in west Limerick, from a large and extremely popular family.

He moved to Tarbert many years ago settling down in the Tieraclea estate with Tarbert-native wife Caroline (née McNamara). The couple had two grown children, James and Samantha, and a three-year-old son Nathan.

"Tarbert is just devastated by Pat Martin's loss," family friend Patrick Lynch told The Kerryman.

"He was a very nice man and a great worker who was admired by everyone. A number of events have now been cancelled as a mark of respect," Mr Lynch added.

Mr Martin's death was the second road fatality in as many weeks in Kerry following a crash in Duagh that claimed the life of Carmel Carmody. Meanwhile, a man who was hit by a car while crossing Listowel's Bridge Road on Saturday is now in a stable condition.