THE Castlelyons man killed in a tragic accident in Kilkenny will be laid to rest in his home village on Sunday.
Chris Hegarty, aged 40, died after being hit by a lorry on the N25 at Glenmore, Kilkenny, on Wednesday.
He was rushed to Waterford University Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
His parents, Mike and Ann, sisters Joanne and Aoife, brother Mike, and fiancee Joanne were today trying to come to terms with the death of the popular Castlelyons man.
His removal takes place on Saturday evening from Ronanyne’s funeral home, where he will lie in repose from 5pm to 7pm.
His remains will be received into St Nicholas’s Church in Castlelyons on Sunday for 11.30am Mass, followed by burial afterwards in the local cemetery.
Tributes poured in on social media for Mr Hegarty and his family, including from friends he had made while living in Frankfurt in Germany for a period, as well as work colleagues.
Many paid tribute to the help and support he had been to them at different times in their lives.
One friend said he was the first person she met when she arrived in a bar in Frankfurt 11 years ago and they had been friends ever since.
Another wrote: “Any tough situation that I went through you were there with me pal.”
His father worked in Fermoy post office and his mother is very well known in the Castlelyons community.
Fermoy Fine Gael councillor Noel McCarthy said the Hegarty family is very respected locally and the community is devastated by the death of Mr Hegarty.
He said: “He was one of the nicest men you could meet. I was devastated to hear the news last night. The Hegartys are a very popular family.”
Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority are both investigating the death.
Gardaí at Thomastown are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward, particularly any motorists who were travelling in the area at the time and may have dashcam footage.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Thomastown Garda Station on 056 7754150 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.