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Bettystown in shock at death of local Jonathan Flanagan (22) in train accident

A second man in his 30s was also injured 

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The late Jonathan Flanagan (22) from Bettystown, who died in tragic circumstances on Wednesday September 14th.

The late Jonathan Flanagan (22) from Bettystown, who died in tragic circumstances on Wednesday September 14th.

The late Jonathan Flanagan (22) from Bettystown, who died in tragic circumstances on Wednesday September 14th.

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Tributes are being paid to the young Bettystown man who died in tragic circumstances after being hit by a train near Gormanston last week.

Father of one Jonathan Flanagan (22), who came from the East Meath village, but lived in Balbriggan, died at the scene, whilst his companion in his 30s was injured.

The incident happened on the main Belfast-Dublin line shortly before 9.30pm on Wednesday night, just outside Gormanston railway station.

According to gardai, they are investigating the possibility the two men were taking a short cut across the tracks when struck by the Belfast-Dublin train. 

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Local councillor Sharon Tolan said the whole village was in shock.

“It is very unusual to have an incident on the tracks, and people are in shock, it is completely horrific.” she said. “My thoughts and the thoughts of the wider community are with his heartbroken family and friends at this time.”

Cllr Tolan also said her thoughts are with the train driver, who was treated for shock.

Emergency services and gardai attended the scene last Wednesday night, where the seriously injured man was treated, however was pronounced dead at the scene.

Services were suspended for a short time while the driver was also treated for shock but reopened later.

Jonathan was from a popular Bettystown family, who operated post offices in the village and Skerries.

He was an avid football fan, supporting both Celtic and Liverpool.

Friends and family gathered in his memory on Friday night and released balloons.

Cllr Stephen McKee encouraged anyone with information about the incident to contact the authorities.

'It’s deeply shocking for the whole community that a young man lost his life and another man is injured, and hopefully he recovers as soon as possible,' he said.

Gardai believe no foul play was involved in the tragic accident and have joined with Irish Rail in carrying out their investigations.

Irish Rail has extended its sympathies to the family and friends of Jonathan, and said it is investigating all circumstances surrounding the collision.

A spokesperson also highligted the importance of 'acting safely' at all times near train tracks


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