By David Raleigh
Update 2.30pm: Tributes have been paid to a pensioner killed in a “hit and run” in Co Limerick.
The victim, named locally as Danny Brosnan, from Rylands, Ballingarry, was found dead about 100 yards from his home last night.
Mr Brosnan, 76, was pronounced dead at the scene after he had earlier apparently been struck by a vehicle.
Gardai have sought help from the public in tracing the hit and run driver and vehicle involved.
It’s understood Mr Brosnan, who was a keen walker, had gone for a late evening stroll when he was critically injured.
The R518 between Ballingarry and Rathkeale, where the fatal incident occurred, was closed Sunday night and into Monday to allow for a Garda Forensic Collision Inspector conduct a detailed examination of the scene.
Gardai at Newcastle West garda station are investigating the incident and have appealed for anyone with information to contact them in confidence.
Ballingarry Parish Priest, Fr Dan Lane, offered his “deepest sympathies” to Mr Brosnan’s family.
Mr Brosnan is survived by his wife Brigid known as ‘Biddy’ and their five children.
Fr Lane said he received a phone call to go to the scene shortly after emergency services had responded to Mr Brosnan.
“I prayed over him and I gave him his Last Rites and then I went to see his family,” Fr Lane said.
“Danny is from Rylands. He may have been out on a walk. He was found close to his home.”
Fr Lane said Mr Brosnan was “a lovely , lovely man…a beautiful man.”
“I’d often meet him and have a chat. He would pass my own house a lot when he was out walking.”
“He’s very well known. It’s very tragic,” Fr Lane added.
According to a reliable source, Mr Brosnan had, earlier on Sunday, attended Knockaderry GAA Club, to see members of the Limerick All-Ireland Hurling winners parade the Liam MacCarthy Cup on its tour of the county.
“He was a quiet man, who would always be out walking his dog. He died about 100 yards from his own house; it’s terrible,” they said.
“He had an interest in the GAA and he went to look at the Liam MacCarthy Cup in Knockaderry.”
“He was a nice quiet man.”
Appealing for witnesses, a garda spokesman said: “Gardai in Newcastle West, Co Limerick are investigating a fatal hit and run road traffic collision at Ballingarry, Co Limerick on the 2nd of September 2018.”
“The collision occurred shortly before 11pm at Rylands, (on the Ballingarry to Rathkeale Rd) R518.”
“A male (76 years) was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene.”
Mr Brosnan’s body was removed from the scene to Limerick University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem was expected to take place later.
“The road is currently closed to facilitate a forensic collision examination and local diversions are in place,” the garda spokesman said.
“Gardai are appealing for witnesses, for anyone with information in connection with the collision or anyone who may have been on that stretch of road between 10.30pm and 11.15pm on the 2nd of September to contact them on 069 20650, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.”
Update 8.49am: A 76-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run in Limerick.
The collision occurred shortly before 11pm last night at Rylands on the Ballingarry to Rathkeale Rd.
The man was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene.
His body was removed to the mortuary at Limerick University Hospital where a post mortem will take place later today.
The road is currently closed to facilitate a forensic collision examination and local diversions are in place.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses, for anyone with information in connection with the collision or anyone who may have been on that stretch of road between 10.30pm and 11.15pm on September 2 to contact them on 069 20650, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.