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IrelandTributes paid to priest who died following hit and run incident

17:05  12 may  2019
17:05  12 may  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular priest who died this week after being involved in a crash while visiting elderly people in his parish. Fr Joe McCluskey, 78, was on the N2 between Castleblaney and Carrickmacross in Co Monaghan on Wednesday when his car and an articulated lorry collided.

Tributes paid to priest who died following hit and run incident © Getty Gardai at the scene

An elderly priest who was killed in a hit and run in Co Roscommon on Saturday night has been named as Fr Michael McGuckian, who lived with the Oblate order in Inchicore in Dublin.

Fr McGuckian (81) had been visiting relatives in Roscommon when the incident occurred.

It is understood he had returned to his native Roscommon for an anniversary mass for a relative in the Drumboylan area.

Gardai are investigating the incident which occurred in Keadue, Co Roscommon, at approximately 11pm on Saturday night.

Fr McGuckian was walking on a country road when he was struck by a car. The driver failed to stop or remain at the scene.

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An elderly priest who was killed in a hit and run in Co Roscommon on Saturday night has been named as Fr Michael McGuckian, who lived with the Oblate order in Inchicore in Gardai are investigating the incident which occurred in Keadue, Co Roscommon, at approximately 11pm on Saturday night.

Tributes paid to priest who died following hit and run incident © 2011 Getty Images Stock picture

A passer-by contacted the emergency services and the victim was treated at the scene but pronounced dead a short time later.

A 20-year-old man, who gardai say was the driver of the car involved, later presented himself at Carrick-On-Shannon Garda Station.

A full and forensic and technical examination of the scene in Keadue was underway yesterday, and diversions were put in place.

A spokesman for the Oblate order said Fr McGuckian was well known and liked in the community.

“He had served in the Philippines as a mission worker for a number of years before returning to Ireland in 1999,” he said.

“Fr Michael was well liked and loved, and will be missed,” he added.

A nephew of Fr Michael rang the Oblate order to inform them of the news.

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Gardai in Boyle are investigating.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to Boyle Garda Station on 071 966 4620, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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