Fatal crash victim killed returning home from work

February 8, 2016

The victim of a fatal car crash at Silverbridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning was returning home from Dublin where he had been working a night shift.

Patrick ‘Poppy’ Cooney (46), from Aghincurk Road, Newtownhamilton, died when the van he was driving struck a tree on the New Road at its junction with the Legmoylin Road.  No other vehicle was involved and Mr Cooney had been travelling alone.

The collision was reported to police shortly after 5.40am and the road was closed for most of the day as the scene was examined

It’s believed icy road conditions may have been a factor in the accident, which occurred at the spot where a memorial marks the death of a man in another single-vehicle crash 12 years ago.

Extending his sympathy to the Cooney family, Councillor Barra Ó Muirí said Patrick was well known and his loss will be keenly felt in the Aughincurk Road area of Newtown and beyond.

“Patrick’s death once again brings into sharp focus the need for care on our roads particularly while the cold weather and treacherous conditions remain,” he added.

SDLP Councillor Pete Byrne said the tragedy has shaken the entire community and highlights the danger of many rural roads.

“The family and friends of [Mr Cooney] can depend on the support of our entire community and on behalf of them and myself I would like to express our sympathy and solidarity,” he said.

Inspector Lorraine Dobson has appealed for anyone who was travelling on the New Road on Wednesday morning and who witnessed the collision to contact local police.

Mr Cooney was laid to rest on Saturday in Ballymoyer cemetery following requiem Mass in the nearby St. Malachy’s Church.

He is survived by his wife Margaret, mother Mary, sisters Phil and Kate, brothers Don and Brian and wider family circle.