Witnesses sought to fatal crash

Gardai in Boyle are seeking witnesses to a crash which led to the death of Longford man, Patrick McLoughlin at the weekend on the N4 outside Carrick-on-Shannon.

Gardai in Boyle are seeking witnesses to a crash which led to the death of Longford man, Patrick McLoughlin at the weekend on the N4 outside Carrick-on-Shannon.

Senior investigators are investigating the death of Mr McLoughlin, who was just 26 years old, after he was struck by a Mercedes van while walking on the busy carriageway at around 4:30am on Saturday morning.

Last night (Tuesday), a spokesperson from Boyle Gardai said inquiries into the crash were still ongoing and members of the public who may have been travelling between Boyle and Carrick-on-Shannon between 4:30am and 5am on Saturday morning have been asked to come forward.

The crash occurred in the townland of Farranagallaigh, Cootehall, Boyle, just four miles outside Carrick on Shannon.

Meanwhile, tributes to the former St Mel’s student have been flooding in since news of the tragedy broke on Saturday.

A son of Patrick (Pat) and Carolyn of St Emer’s in Longford town, Mr McLoughlin was well known around the town for his friendly smile and outgoing manner. He worked in Homebase in the N4 Axis Centre and was described as a model employee.

A keen sportsman, Mr McLoughlin formed a key part of the DIY supplier’s football team, more recently becoming its captain. As a mark of respect the store was closed for a period of time on Monday evening.

Though an avid Celtic follower, he regularly made the trek across to Manchester Utd’s home ground of Old Trafford along with his brother, Gerard.

Noted for his guitar playing, Mr McLoughlin also experienced personal delight as recently as eight months ago with the birth of his nephew Dillon.

Speaking to the Leader on Monday, frieds of the former Sligo Institute of Technology student said his untimely death was their “worst nightmare”.

Mr McLoughlin was laid to rest yesterday (Tuesday) inside the grounds of Ballymacormack Cemetery following Funeral Mass at St Mary’s Church, Newtownforbes.

He is survived by his parents Pat and Carolyn, brother Gerard, extended family and a wide circle of friends.

Patrick’s colleagues and friends this week paid tribute to their friend, by speaking about the young man they knew and writing a poem in his memory.

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