Tributes paid to cyclist following ‘terrible tragedy’ in County Limerick community

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Tributes have been paid to the cyclist who tragically lost his life in a road accident in County Limerick

Tributes have been paid to the cyclist who tragically lost his life in a road accident in County Limerick

TRIBUTES have been paid to the cyclist who tragically lost his life in a road accident in County Limerick.

Eamonn McAteer from Kilmallock and formerly of Leicester will be laid to rest in County Down this Friday.

“It’s a terrible tragedy for the community and I would like to extend my sympathies to the family,” said local councillor Mike Donegan.

Mr McAteer who was in his 40s had a keen interest in greyhound racing.

He is understood to have been cycling home in the direction of Ballycullane Cross on the main Kilmallock to Bruff road at approximately 8pm on Sunday when the accident occurred.

Following news of Mr McAteer’s tragic death, tributes poured in on social media.

“Another very sad story this morning. May you rest in peace and may your family be comforted at this very sad time in such tragic circumstances and so sudden,” said one comment.

“God rest his soul. Condolences to his family. So so sad,” read another.

Gardai, the fire service and two ambulances attended the scene.

Mr McAteer was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where he was officially pronounced dead.

The driver of the car was uninjured.

The car involved in the collision is understood to have been travelling in the direction of Bruff when the accident occurred.

The stretch of road was closed overnight on Sunday to facilitate an examination by garda forensic collision investigators and reopened early on Monday morning.

Gardai have issued an appeal for witnesses to contact Kilmallock garda station on 063-98018, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Mr McAteer’s remains will arrive at St Peter’s Church, Warrenpoint, Co Down on Thursday at 6pm.

Funeral Mass takes place on Friday at 10.30am followed by interment in Warrenpoint Municipal Cemetery.

Mr McAteer was the dearly loved son of Edward and Ellen McAteer, Warrenpoint and formerly of Fathom Cross, Newry and loving father of Daniel, best friend of Kate and brother of Helen, Patricia, Fiona, James, Julie, Celine and Kevin and brother-in-law of Brian, Chuck, Melv and Imelda.