'Devastation' - tributes paid after 2 motorcyclists are killed just hours apart
Tributes have been paid to two motorcyclists who died within a day of each other in separate accidents on the country's roads.
In the first incident, the victim, named locally as John Egan (45), died after the motorbike he was driving collided with a car at the entrance to The Saddlers Estate on the old Navan Road in Mulhuddart, Co Dublin, at around 7.30pm on Tuesday.
Mr Egan was taken to Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, where he later died.
Friends described the "devastating effect" the death has had on the community, particularly in his local GAA club.
A post-mortem examination is due to take place.
Deputy mayor of Fingal Tom Kitt said that he knows Mr Egan's family well through his membership with the St Peregrines GAA club.
He offered his condolences to his loved ones on behalf of the club and the local community.
"I'm a member of St Peregrines GAA Club in Mulhuddart and his family has been very connected to the club for years," Mr Kitt said.
"I know his father and mother very well and it's a completely sad occasion.
"On behalf of the GAA club and the local area, I'd just like to offer my sincerest sympathy because this has had a devastating effect of the club.
"He was very active in the club, and talking to the players there, everyone is devastated and they all sympathise with his family."
Gardai are appealing to anybody who was in the area at the time of the incident to contact them.
They are particularly interested to speak with a cyclist who was also at the scene and may have seen the collision.
Gardai can be contacted at Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 6667000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.
Meanwhile, tributes have also been paid to a young man who died in a separate motorbike crash just hours after Mr Egan's death.
Alan Crowe died following a collision between a school bus and a motorbike on the main Cloone to Fenagh/Ballinamore Road (R705), around 3km from Cloone, Co Leitrim, at around 8am on Wednesday.
Mr Crowe (20), graduated in 2017 from Mohill Community College. School principal Una Duffy described Mr Crowe as "a vibrant young man".
"We extend our deepest sympathy to his sister Laura, who is in our Leaving Cert class, and to his parents James and Carmel, his brother David and sister Diane," she added.
"A vibrant young man, much loved and admired, his death has created a deep sadness over our school and locality."
Local Fianna Fail councillor Caillian Ellis was driving the bus and suffered minor injuries.
There were four passengers on the bus at the time and they were not injured.
Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to contact Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station on 071 9650510, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.