Tributes have been paid to a former Garryowen rugby player who died in a road accident in Co Tipperary earlier this week.
The victim of the fatal road traffic collision on the Waterford to Limerick Road has been named locally as Mark McMullen (40).
Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of the collision between an articulated lorry and a van on the N24 Cahir-Clonmel Road, between Barne Lodge and Condon’s Cross on Monday morning July 3t at approximately 10.40am.
Mark was a past pupil of St Clements College and a former Garryowen rugby player.
It is understood that he grew up in the Castletroy area, then later lived in Castleconnell, before moving to The Grove, Bruff, Co Limerick.
Tributes have been pouring in for the Limerick man online including from Mayor of Limerick Ger Mitchell who paid his “deepest condolences to all the family, relations and friends. May Mark’s gentle soul rest in peace.”
In a moving tribute, his sister Jenna Eccles wrote: ‘’As Mark’s only sister, I am absolutely heartbroken and devastated of your loss Mark. I will cherish all the great memories we have together including you paying me to iron your shirts when I was a kid! I thought I was pulling a fast one on you but little did I realise you were the one playing me!!
“I will miss you terribly and will always love you. You are with mam now who you loved so much, so that brings me comfort. Fly high Mark, love Jenna’’.
Mark is predeceased by his mother Mary. He is survived by his heartbroken wife Jennifer, son Noah, dad Tony, sister and brothers, parents-in-law Mike and Marian, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, work colleagues at Viatel and a wide circle of friends.
Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to contact them.
Any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were travelling on the N24 this morning, 31st July 2023, between 10am and 10.45am are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Clonmel Garda Station on 052 617 7640, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.