Limerick man killed in road collision

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

A COUNTY Limerick man who lost his life in a road accident in Galway on Sunday morning has been described by locals as “a popular motorcyclist” and a “true friend”.

A COUNTY Limerick man who lost his life in a road accident in Galway on Sunday morning has been described by locals as “a popular motorcyclist” and a “true friend”.

Liam O’Connor, 28, of Kylefea, Croom was killed when the motorcycle he was riding was involved in a collision with an oncoming car at a notorious blackspot on the Scarriff to Gort road in Galway on Sunday morning.

Mr O’Connor who was single was on his way home having attended the Dal Riada Motorcycle Club ‘Plan of Attack’ rally in Killanena, Co Clare, the day before.

A spokesman for the club said that the biking community was in “shock and disbelief” following the death. The news filtered through to the biking community almost immediately after the incident with other bikers coming across the scene as they made their own way home. It is understood that the accident occurred between 11am and 11.30am on Sunday morning.

Mr O’Connor was described as “happy-go-lucky” and “a true friend” by a family friend this Monday.

Local councillor Pat Fitzgerald said the death of the young man was “another tragedy on the roads that we don’t want to see happening.

“I offer my condolences to his parents Willie and Ann,” he said.

A local in Gort described the stretch of road where Mr O’Connor died as “atrocious” and said that it had been the scene of many accidents.

The driver and passenger of the car were taken to hospital after the accident. However, gardai described their injuries as minor.

Funeral arrangements for Mr O’Connor have not yet been announced.