TRIBUTES have been paid to “a popular, lovely young man” from Effin who tragically lost his life when he was knocked down and killed in County Kerry on Tuesday morning.
Padraig McCarthy, who was affectionately referred to as Podge, from Ballyhaught, Effin was struck by a car as he was walking at Barnadarrig, on the main Ballybunion to Listowel road just before 4am.
The 25-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, while a 25-year-old motorist was taken to Kerry General Hospital following the crash, with non-life threatening injuries.
“Our sympathies to all the family. The loss of Padraig is a great shock to the community,” said Donal Kelly, chairman of Effin GAA club.
“He loved his hurling and other sports. He played Junior B with us this year. He also played football with us. He was working in the Charleville Park Hotel. The McCarthy family would be well-known in Effin,” he added.
The stretch of road where the fatal collision happened was closed for much of Tuesday.
Gardai in Listowel are appealing for any information about the accident.
It is understood that Mr McCarthy had made the trip to County Kerry for the Listowel Race meeting.
Fr Tom Coughlan, the parish priest in Effin, said the thoughts of the local community are with Mr McCarthy’s family.
“We sympathise with the family and the community is dumbfounded at this awful, sad, sudden tragedy. The neighbours are preparing to welcome him home to his own community because he was a lovely young man,” he said, adding that the community in Effin will rally together in the coming days.
“I knew him as a small boy when he served mass in Effin, as he grew up he was well liked and very popular and now it leaves a void in our community,” he said.
Mr McCarthy is survived by his parents Trish (née O’Keeffe) and Michael, brother David and sister Sinead, extended family and friends.
Mr McCarthy will be reposing at his residence this Thursday from 4pm until 8pm.
Removal on Friday morning to St Mary’s Church, Effin for requiem Mass on Friday at 12pm. Burial afterwards in Effin Cemetery.
House private on Friday morning. Family flowers only, donations if desired to the Irish Dyslexia Association.