Garda, 22, killed after motorbike collides with truck

A GARDA was killed yesterday after his motorbike collided with a lorry on the main Cork-Dublin road.

Garda Evan Lillis, 22, from Sally Gardens, Macroom, Co Cork was returning to Dublin at the time of the crash which happened at 1.15am in the village of Watergrasshill.

Garda Lillis, who was born in Scotstown, Co Monaghan moved to Macroom with his family four years ago. He was on his way back to duty in Dundrum Garda Station, Dublin when he was killed.

Last November, Garda Gerry Carey from Kilworth, Co Cork died in another collision with a lorry on the same main road, a short distance from where Garda Lillis was killed.

“His family are absolutely numbed. The town is in shock since the news.

“Evan was in love with his job and he had just passed a course in Templemore for the traffic corps,” Macroom curate Fr David Herlihy said.

Members of the Macroom GAA also expressed their sympathy to the Garda Lillis’ parents, Michael and Marie.

“Evan played centre-field for us at U21s and was very good. He made a lot of friends in the club and we have cancelled all weekend football matches as a mark of respect,” GAA club spokesman John O’Mahony said.

He said the tragedy would be felt at all levels in the club. Garda Lillis’ brother Tommy plays at U15 level and another brother, Robbie, lines out for the club’s U12s.

A large number of Garda Lillis’ colleagues in Dublin are expected to attend his funeral.

Colleague, Sgt Pat McDonald, said: “He was in my unit for a year or so and we worked very closely together. He was a really nice young fellow and he was very motivated.”

Garda Lillis’ removal will take place from the family home at Sally Gardens at 8.30pm tonight to St Coleman’s Church, Macroom.

Following requiem mass at noon tomorrow he will be buried at St Coleman’s Cemetery.

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