Deceased Clane cyclist was well-known retired Garda

The 81 year old man who died in a road traffic accident on Sunday afternoon, May 19, was well known in Clane as a lover of nature and an avid walker.

The 81 year old man who died in a road traffic accident on Sunday afternoon, May 19, was well known in Clane as a lover of nature and an avid walker.

Gregory McGovern was a retired member of An Garda Siochana. He is survived by his brother, also a retired member of An Garda Siochana.

“A lot of people were shocked to hear the news because he’s the kind of person you’d see every day walking,” local councillor Padraig McEvoy.

Mr. McGovern died at approximately 1.50pm on Sunday afternoon. He was cycling into Clane from the Barberstown direction and was struck by a van. He suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 33 year old make driver of the van, from North Kildare, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

He was brought to Naas Garda Staiton where he assisted Gardai with their enquiries. He was subsequently released with charge. A file will be sent to the DPP.

The scene of the accident is described by Garda sources as being only a few hundred yards beyond Lidl on the Celbridge road.

It was very busy at the time.

The scene was closed for a number of hours while Gardai conducted a full forensic examination, and the matter remains under investigation.

“We’re hoping to speak to any witnesses who haven’t already spoken to us, to contact us at Clane Garda Station,” a Garda source revaled.

The deceased, was residing on the Millicent road, Clane. He had previously lived at Blackhall, Clane.

Originbally from Corlough, Cavan, Mr. McGovern had served as a Garda in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, before spending the remainder of his career serving in the Cabra and Finglas area.

Gardai say he was a was a man who was known in the village to do a lot of walking and cycling.

Locals say that the deceased had a keen interest in bees and in bee hives.

He was heavily involved in the nest boxes project that was run by Clane Community Council and Clane Tidy Towns a few years ago.

“He would have been seen walking out and back to Clongowes every. He was a tall man and well known. He would often stop to chat to people on the way,” said Cllr. McEvoy.

- Conor McHugh