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Sunday 22 January 2017

Motorcyclist dies in another weekend of misery on roads

Glenveiw Roundabout where a man in his 20s was killed after his motorbike crashed into a roundabout in Tallaght, Dublin
Glenveiw Roundabout where a man in his 20s was killed after his motorbike crashed into a roundabout in Tallaght, Dublin

A Wicklow man has been killed in a motorcycle crash in the capital in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Named locally as Bill Coade (26) from Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, the victim died after the motorcycle he was riding crashed into a roundabout in Tallaght, shortly after 2am yesterday morning.

The tragic accident took place at the Glenview roundabout on the N81 Tallaght Bypass, just a short distance from the M50 motorway.

Gardai arrived on the scene at around 2.20am to find the victim's body just past the roundabout, with the bike located a short distance away.

The bike he was driving appears to have been a blue Suzuki 600cc - which crashed into a road sign.

Desperate attempts were made by emergency services to resuscitate Mr Coade, but to no avail.

He was rushed to Tallaght Hospital, but was pronounced dead a short while later.

Tragedy

It comes as the number of people who have died on Irish roads so far this year spirals.

Wicklow councillor Edward Timmins did not know the victim, but told the Herald that another death on Irish roads was a terrible tragedy.

"My thoughts have to go out to his family and friends, particularly at this time of the year," said Mr Timmins.

Tallaght Labour councillor Mick Duff echoed those views and said that the fatal road crash had "shocked" the local community.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family. It's a shocking accident to happen before Christmas time.

"We can only just imagine the grief that the victim's family are going through.

"On behalf of the people of Tallaght, I would like to send our deepest sympathy and condolences," he said.

At the scene yesterday morning, garda forensic collision investigators went about their work and the road was later reopened.

In a separate incident in Galway, a male teenager is in a critical condition in hospital after a single-vehicle collision on Sunday morning. The car he was driving is understood to have had three other male passengers inside when it crashed on the N83 Road near Tuam.

Meanwhile, one of the three victims of the horrific fireball crash in Waterford last weekend has been laid to rest.

Father of three, Michael Tobin, was killed instantly when the car he was travelling in burst into flames after colliding with a people carrier near Dungarvan on December 4.

Buried

Mr Tobin's funeral Mass was held at the Church of the Nativity of Our Lady, Old Parish on Sunday, before he was buried at the adjoining cemetery.

Meanwhile, Eamonn Dixon (21), who also died in the crash will be remembered at St Augustine's Church, Abbeyside, on Tuesday morning, following a reposal at his home.

The two victims were travelling in the car with a third man, who was also killed when their vehicle struck a people carrier in which two adults and several children were on their way to a festival in Waterford city.

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