The community is in mourning this week following the tragic death of Mountmellick man Eoin Dooley.
The 31-year-old carpenter from Brittas, Mountmellick, was well known for his involvement in the local GAA, having played for both The Rock and Laois minors, and was the son of Mr John Dooley, a former prison governor in Portlaoise.
He died when the van he was driving hit a wall on the Borris Road in Portlaoise at around 7pm on Friday evening, January 31. Bad weather made driving conditions hazardous when the collision occurred near Portlaoise’s two new secondary schools.
Mr Dooley was brought to The Midlands Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead, following the single vehicle collision. The stretch of road where the crash occurred was closed to allow an examination by garda forensic collision investigators and local diversions were put in place, with the forensic examination completed by Saturday morning (February 1).
A second man who was a passenger in the van was also brought to The Midlands Regional Hospital with injuries described by a garda spokesperson as serious but not life threatening. The man spent at least two nights in hospital, and it is not known if he was discharged at the time of going to press.
The gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to the crash to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 05786 74100, or the garda confidential telephone line on 1800 666 111.
Laois County Council has invested substantial sums in recent years removing bad bends from the Borris Road. It is not clear if work had been carried out on the stretch where the accident happened last Friday night.
Mr Dooley had one daughter, Molly, and was son of John and Ann. His siblings are Diarmaid, Grainne, Sarah, Eileen.
He is deeply regretted by his loving family, Molly’s mam Arleen, sister in law Corina, uncles, aunts, cousins, and a large circle of team mates and friends. He will be reposing at his family residence from 2pm on Tuesday, February 4, with rosary at 9pm on Tuesday night.
Removal will be at 11.15am on Wednesday, February 5, to St Joseph’s Church Mountmellick to arrive for 12 noon mass, with iterment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.