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Tributes paid to 'much loved' school principal killed following collision with car

Pádraic Carney was involved in an accident in Rathfarnham yesterday morning.

Pádraic Carney
Pádraic Carney

Updated 1.50pm

A cyclist in his 50s who died following a collision with a car in Dublin has been named as Pádraic Carney, principal of St Louis Senior Primary School in Rathmines.

A car and his bike collided at Butterfield Park, Rathfarnham at about 8.10am yesterday.

He received serious injuries and was taken to Tallaght Hospital before being transferred to Beaumont Hospital, where he was pronounced dead last night.

In a statement, the school said he was “much loved and widely respected”.

“This is a terrible tragedy for Pádraic’s immediate and extended family, his wide circle of friends and the school community in Rathmines,” Jake Byrne, chairperson of the school’s board of management, said.

“We are all deeply saddened by his sudden and untimely death.

Pádraic was a wonderful leader in the school. His infectious enthusiasm for the job of teaching children and his warm and charming personality made him most popular with pupils, parents, staff and all who came to know him in his job.

“Offers of support have been pouring into the school which has expressed its appreciation…

“We have been in contact with his family, who have requested that their need for privacy at this sad and difficult time be respected. Our sympathy and thoughts are with Pádraic’s family and friends.”

The statement added that psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) have been “supporting and advising the teachers and the school community in their efforts to assist the pupils in dealing with this tragic event”.

Witness appeal

Garda Forensic Collision Investigators examined the scene of the collision and the local coroner has been notified.

Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Rathfarnham Garda Station on 01 666 6500, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Note: Gardaí initially said the collision happened on Monday, but have since clarified it happened yesterday so the article has been updated. 

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