TRIBUTES have been paid to a motorbike enthusiast who lost his life in a road accident outside Bruff on Sunday evening.
The man who has been named locally as Liam Fitzpatrick, 49, from Kilfinane, died after his motorbike collided with a wall at Kilballyowen, on the Knockainey road, just outside Bruff, shortly after 5pm.
Mr Fitzpatrick was pronounced dead at the scene.
The road was closed for several hours to facilitate a forensic collision examination.
“Liam was very well known and very well liked. He was a gentleman, a very decent fella who would always have a smile and a chat with you,” said Senator James Heffernan from Kilfinane, where Mr Fitzpatrick lived in recent years.
“He had a shop in Hospital for many years specialising in water pumps. He would also have been very well-known in farming circles,” added Senator Heffernan.
Witnesses are asked to contact Bruff garda station on 061 382940, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.