A 60-year-old cyclist described as a “cherished wife, mother and grandmother” lost her life in a collision with a tractor near Carrigaline yesterday afternoon.
The woman has been named as Annette Carlos from Cobh. Her death marks the 11th cyclist to be killed on Irish roads in 2017 – 10 were killed in the entirety of 2016.
The collision took place on the N28 between the Shannon Park Roundabout and Shanbally, near Carrigaline.
Local Cllr Sinéad Sheppard was a former neighbour of Ms Carlos.
“People in Cobh are absolutely shocked and so sad to hear the news. Annette was so well known in the community.
“You hear about accidents all the time but you never think it will happen to people in your own community. We are thinking of the Carlos family and sending them all our prayers.”
Ms Carlos' body was removed to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem examination took place.
Ms Carlos and her husband Michael formerly owned the Roaring Donkey Pub in Cobh before retiring in recent years.
Current management paid tribute to her in a social media post, saying: “So sorry for Michael and family on the tragic passing of their cherished wife, mother and grandmother, Annette."
Cobh resident Melissa Fardey, originally from Canada, said she was “heartbroken” to hear of Mrs Carlos' death.
“Annette was a lovely woman, helped to make me feel at home when I first moved to Cobh from Canada. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to Mick and the whole family.”
Local Alan Dwyer said the news of Ms Carlos' death was “truly devastating” for the community.
“Annette was a beautiful, warm, gentle friend to us all and this sudden loss is difficult to absorb,” he said.
Six people have been killed on Irish roads this week. In Cork, two American tourists, 59-year-old Peggy Sue Adams and 62-year-old James Baker lost their lives in a collision with a truck in the N20 road.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Angelsea St. Garda Station on 021 4522000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.