Determined Donal was always eager to help others

Determined Donal was always eager to help others
Donal O'Brien (Ovens) who died after a crash on the Ballincollig bypass yesterday. 

The 45-year-old cyclist who died after a vehicle collided with his bike on the Ballincollig bypass yesterday afternoon has been described as a “larger than life character” and a ”loveable rogue”.

Emergency services were called to the incident yesterday at approximately 12.30pm but Donal O'Brien, from Ovens, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was not hurt.

Mr O'Brien was the director of a car sales business at the Kinsale Road Industrial Estate.

He is survived by his wife Sandra and daughter Nicole and was well known in motorsport circles and a long-time member of Cork Motor Club.

The club released a statement paying tribute to Mr O'Brien.

“Donal was a larger than life figure with a passion for motorsport...who will be fondly remembered by all for his determination in the car and his loveable roguery outside...always keen to help out and support motorsport in any way.

"The directors and members of Cork Motor Club would like to express our deepest sympathies to Donal’s wife Sandra, his daughter Nicole, his parents John and Margaret, his brothers Jonathon and Jason and all his extended family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. May he rest in peace.” 

Several people also took to Mr O'Brien's business Facebook page to express their sympathy.

The incident took place westbound on the N40 South Ring Road on junction one of the Ballincollig east bypass.

The road was closed to traffic and local diversions were put in place - through Curraheen onto junction three of the Bandon Road - while Garda Forensic Collision Investigators examined the scene and the local coroner was notified.

Local Cllr Derry Canty said the tragic death highlights the need for drivers to be aware of cyclists on the road at all times in the busy area.

"It's so sad. I'm really upset," he said.

"My thoughts are with the family. It's happening so often now that something will have to be done to look into the safety aspect of cycling. People are out there and they don't realise how quickly the traffic is going and lose concentration.

"It's second cyclist death in recent weeks in Cork. My deepest sympathies are with the family," he added.

Last month, 64-year-old Robert Ball lost his life after being struck by a car at Lissanoohig near Skibbereen. The latest incident marks the eighth cyclist to be killed on Irish roads this year.

Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses to yesterday's incident in Ballincollig. Anyone with information is asked to contact Gurranabraher Garda Station 021-4946200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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