Cyclist killed in late-night city taxi crash was Central Bank solicitor
The cyclist killed after colliding with a taxi in Dublin city centre in the early hours of yesterday morning has been named locally as solicitor Paul Hannon.
Mr Hannon, aged in his 40s, lived in Castleknock in Dublin but was originally from Co Limerick.
He worked as a senior enforcement lawyer at the Central Bank of Ireland in Dublin.
He started working there more than two years ago, having previously worked in criminal law for a firm run by his brother Philip.
It is understood their father is also a solicitor.
Mr Hannon also previously worked with KPMG.
It is also understood that Mr Hannon did valuable work for the third world development and humanitarian charity Goal in Sierra Leone.
He was involved in a collision with a car on Patrick Street, Dublin 8, at 12.44am yesterday.
He was knocked off his bike and suffered injuries to his head and upper body.
The taxi was driving outbound from the city at the time of the collision.
Mr Hannon was taken by ambulance to St James's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The driver of the car was not injured.
Neighbours of Mr Hannon reacted to his sudden death yesterday.
"He moved here about two or three years ago, and cycled to work every day," said one woman.
"He would go running too. He seemed to be into keeping himself fit."
A garda investigation has begun into the crash and the scene of the incident was closed to facilitate an examination of the area by garda Forensic Collision Investigators.
The road at the scene was later re-opened to traffic by the garda investigation team.
Gardai yesterday launched an appeal for witnesses who could help them in their investigation.
A garda spokesman said that anyone with information should contact Kevin Street Garda Station in Dublin on 01 666 9400.
The tragedy is just the latest in a number of fatal collisions involving cyclists on the nation's roads.
Only two weeks ago, a cyclist was killed on Conyngham Road, Islandbridge, Dublin 8, close to the Phoenix Park.
The victim, Daragh Ryan (30), was rushed by paramedics to the nearby St James's Hospital after the crash but died a short time later.
Last month, cycling enthusiast Tonya McEvoy was travelling from Maynooth to Rathcoffey in Co Kildare when she was hit by a car travelling in the opposite direction.
The 34-year-old, who was out riding with the Orwell Wheelers club, was pronounced dead at Naas General Hospital.
Last September, fitness fanatic Donna Fox (30) was killed in Dublin after she was hit by a truck at the junction of Seville Place and Guild Street in the north inner city.
In the same month, schoolboy Tim Ross (11) was killed while cycling from his home in Moate, Co Westmeath, to nearby Tubber National School. He was hit by a car.