The road was closed while a forensic examination was carried out
FUNERAL arrangements have been announced for the County Limerick father who died in a road crash outside Kilmallock on Monday morning.
Jim Walsh Jnr of Tankardstown, Bruree was the sole occupant of a car which left the road and hit a ditch in the townland of Garrienderk –between Kilmallock and Charleville at around 1am.
Mr Walsh’s son Kevin, 16, was killed in 2006 when a parked car in which he was a back-seat passenger was hit from behind by former Ireland and Munster rugby player Eddie Halvey.
The remains of Jim Walsh will be reposing at O'Malley's funeral home, New Line, Charleville this Tuesday evening from 6pm with removal at 8pm to the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bruree. Requiem Mass takes place this Wednesday at 12 noon with funeral afterwards in Bruree old cemetery.
Mr Walsh is predeceased by his son Kevin and is survived by his daughter Mandy, father Jim, sisters Jennifer and Patricia, granddaughter Evie, brothers Mike and Ger, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, relatives and friends.
Gardai meanwhile, are appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Kilmallock to Charleville road on Sunday night from approximately 11.30pm up until around 1am to come forward.
“We are looking for any information possible – did they see any vehicle that had been involved in an accident or anyone on the road at the time,” said Sergeant Tony Cronin of Charleville garda station, who can be contacted at 063-21770.
The main R515 between the two towns was closed until Monday afternoon to facilitate a forensic examination of the scene. A post-mortem examination was conducted on Mr Walsh’s body at Cork University Hospital.
Kilmallock-based councillor, Mike Donegan, said Jim Walsh was well known and well liked in the locality.
“He was well known locally, he was an outstanding boxer in his day and continued coaching and was always available to help others improve and develop their boxing skills,” he said.