Gardaí will set up a checkpoint in Ardrahan this Friday in an effort to track down the driver involved in a ‘hit and run’ incident in the area last week.
Members of Gort Garda Station will be in the area from 7pm to 8pm, providing information to members of the public in the hopes of identifying the dark, hatchback car involved in the fatal collision at Ardrahan Village.
A male pedestrian in his 60s was tragically killed when he was struck by the vehicle as he attempted to cross the road shortly after 7.30pm last Friday evening.
The man, who has since been named as 65-year-old Gerard Keane from Ardrahan, was left in a critical condition and was rushed to University College Hospital Galway, where he died a short time later.
Mr Keane was laid to rest at Labane Cemetery on Tuesday morning, following a funeral mass at St Teresa’s Church in Labane.
The vehicle involved in the collision failed to remain at the scene and gardaí now wish to speak to the occupants as a matter of urgency.
Anyone who witnessed this collision or who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact Gort Garda Station on 091-636400, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
Meanwhile, a man in his 50s who died after the car that he was driving collided with a wall at Kildaree, Williamstown in Co. Galway on Sunday morning will be laid to rest this morning.
Jeremy Dee from Brickens in Claremorris obtained serious injuries in the crash and was taken to Mayo General Hospital where he passed away that afternoon. The two other female occupants of the car were not seriously injured.
Mr Dee was the manager of the Castlebar Celtics women’s football club and is understood to have been travelling to Dublin for a fixture when the tragic incident occurred.
Leading figures within the football community in Ireland have led tributes to Mr Dee, with Chief Executive of the FAI John Delaney saying he was “deeply saddened” at the tragic loss.
“I had enormous personal regard for Jeremy’s wide ranging contribution to the Irish football family. He represented all that is good about volunteerism and is an enormous loss to the development of women’s football, particularly in the west of Ireland,” he said.
“He always had a positive attitude and would light up any room with his enthusiasm and smile. I take this opportunity to offer my sincere condolences to his family.”
Mr Dee will be laid to rest at Bekan Cemetery after 12noon Mass at Bekan Church this morning.
The area of the crash was sealed off for a forensic investigation and gardaí are asking anyone who may have been a witness to contact Tuam Garda Station on 093-70840.
An Athenry community is also in mourning this week after a Galway woman in her 20s was killed on Sunday in a single car collision.
Vicki Courtney of Castlelambert was travelling with her mother Pamela when their car crashed on the northbound lane of the M18 near Barefield, close to Ennis in Co. Clare, shortly before 4pm on Sunday evening.
It is understood that the car hit the central median of the road before going off-course. Vicki was pronounced dead at the scene, while her mother received minor injuries.