Witnesses sought to fatal N4 crash

Tributes were paid this week to Longford man Niall Reddin who was killed in a tragic road accident outside Newtownforbes last Friday.

Tributes were paid this week to Longford man Niall Reddin who was killed in a tragic road accident outside Newtownforbes last Friday.

Mr Reddin sustained fatal injuries when the bicycle he was cycling collided with an articulated lorry on the main N4 at Clonart, Bornacoola at around midday.

It’s understood Mr Reddin, of St Alban’s, Battery Road, Longford and formerly of The Green, Lanesboro was cycling in the direction of Rooskey when the incident occurred.

Mr Reddin, who worked at manufacturing giant, Athlone Laboratories in Co Roscommon, had been living in Longford town prior to his death.

Described by those who knew him best as one of life’s more humble and unassuming of characters, local Cllr Mark Casey said Mr Reddin would be remembered most for his warm and easy-going nature.

“He was very quiet, just a genuinely nice guy,” he said, as he began to refer to Mr Reddin’s rich association with local community events. “His father Vincent came to work in Bord Na Mona years ago and the family moved to The Green, Lanesboro. Niall was never any bother and he worked for a period of time with the ISPCA.

“He was involved in community events too and would help out with stewarding at some of the festivals around town.”

Mr Reddin’s funeral takes place today (Wednesday, 12pm) at St Mary’s Church, Lanesboro followed by burial to Clonbonny Cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, Vincent and Ellen, brother Darragh, girlfriend Treasa, extended family and friends.

The road, between the Rooskey roundabout and Newtownforbes, was closed off for a period of time on Friday as forensic experts carried out a full examination of the scene.

Gardai have also appealed for motorists who were travelling on the N4 and who may have witnessed the incident to contact them at Longford Garda Station (043) 3350570.