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Friday 2 December 2016

Two people killed on roads over Easter weekend

Garda forensics officers at the scene in Stranorlar, Co Donegal
Garda forensics officers at the scene in Stranorlar, Co Donegal

Two men in their sixties have been killed on the roads over the weekend

Tributes have been paid to a pedestrian knocked down and killed on his way home from a night out.

Kieran Doherty was killed instantly when he was struck by a car while walking home in the early hours of yesterday morning, close to his home in Stranorlar, Co Donegal.

Meanwhile, a man in his sixties has been killed in a single vehicle crash in Cork this morning.

Mr Doherty was "dedicated" to caring for his elderly parents, friends said.

Gardaí have launched an investigation into the incident which happened around 2.50am on the Letterkenny Road near McClay's Corner.

It is understood that Mr Doherty, a single man who was in his mid 60s, had been out with friends earlier and was walking home to his house at Admiran Park.

Described as a "quiet, civil man", Mr Doherty had worked in his parents' shop in Ballybofey before it closed.

Councillor Patrick McGowan said Mr Doherty was very well-known and such a tragedy happening on Easter Sunday had left a shadow over the area.

"Kieran was a quiet and civil man who kept to himself but was a very nice man. He helped out his parents, who had a grocery and a hardware shop," said Cllr McGowan.

"When they closed the shop, he looked after them. It's such a shame that a man in his later years would pass away like this.

"The entire community is saddened and shocked by what happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kieran and his family."

Garda forensic officers were at the scene of the crash from first light yesterday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballybofey Garda Station on 074 9137740, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111, or any garda station.

A man in Cork was skilled in a single vehicle crash in Cork this morning.

The incident took place at Old Chapel, Bandon, Co Cork at approximately 7.45am.

The driver and sole occupant of the car, a man in his sixties, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road at the scene is closed to facilitate a technical examination by Garda forensic collision investigators.

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