Tributes to Ballylongford's Jerry following road death

Stephen Fernane

'He was a special guy who loved his bike' is how a close friend described Jeremiah 'Jerry' Holly, who was tragically killed in a road incident on the Coast Road between Tarbert and Glin near the Kerry/Limerick border on Sunday afternoon.

Gardaí are still appealing for witnesses to the fatal accident in which Jeremiah, from Rusheen in Ballylongford, was killed after his motorbike collided with a car.

Jeremiah was in his 50s and had been travelling the road close to the Lantern's Hotel on the N69 when the incident happened at around 12.30pm.

The incident involved three other vehicles including a second biker (in his 20s) who had been travelling the same stretch of road as part of a group of bikers on an outing. Mr Holly was not part of the group.

The biker in his 20s was treated at University Hospital Limerick, but his injuries are not life threatening. The driver of the car escaped serious injury but is said to be badly shaken and in shock following the incident.

Gardaí from Newcastlewest and two units of the fire service from Listowel were called to the scene, and the road was closed off to traffic for a few hours on Sunday afternoon.

The community of Ballylongford is cloaked in sadness over the loss of a man who was extremely popular in his locality and comes from a much-respected family.

Speaking to The Kerryman, a close friend described Jeremiah as someone ‘very well liked’ and who ‘never caused anyone any harm’.

Jeremiah worked in the buildings for several years and enjoyed nothing more than a day working in the bog and walking his dog during down time.

“I was devastated to hear the news,” said the friend. “Anyone in this village will tell you that Jerry was always a very careful and responsible man. He loved walking his dog and he brought him walking a couple of times a day. I said to Fr Padraig Kennelly [Ballylongford PP] that Jerry’s big love was the bog, and he would spend his days drawing turf home with people and giving them a hand. He really loved it. I hope his family and partner will find comfort. One of the last things he said to his father, Mike Joe, before he left the house that Sunday was, ‘when I come back, we’ll go for a walk to Carrig Castle’. They loved to walk there. It’s not often I would speak as publicly as this about something, but Jerry was special.”

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.