Tributes flow in from Germany for Cork man killed in road tragedy

Tributes flow in from Germany for Cork man killed in road tragedy
Chris Hegarty from Castlelyons

THE manager of an Irish pub in Germany where accident victim Chris Hegarty worked over a decade ago has been inundated with messages from across the world since his tragic death.

The 40-year-old from Castlelyons died after being hit by a lorry on the N25 at Glenmore in Kilkenny on Wednesday.

His remains are lying in repose on Saturday evening in Ronayne’s funeral home in Fermoy between 5pm and 7pm, while his requiem Mass takes place in St Nicholas’s church in Castlelyons on Sunday morning at 11.30am.

The general manager of O’Reilly’s Bar in Frankfurt, Dave Doyle, said Chris had worked for two years in the bar, and left in 2009.

He said he had made a huge impact while working there, adding: “Former customers around the world, from Canada and Australia, are sending their thoughts.

“The Frankfurt community and the O’Reilly family are in shock and deeply saddened with the loss of Chris. Chris was a talented bartender and a very hard worker.

“He brought the friendly Irish spirit to the pub and it was because of this he made such a close connection with his colleagues and the expat community in Frankfurt. 

"This connection remained after he left. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and girlfriend.”

Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority are investigating the death.

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