The death of a Naas man in a tragic weekend rail accident at the unmanned Sallins station was the first of its kind there.
Dermot Corr, pictured right, a well liked and respected figure, died after being struck by a passing train at 10.16am last Sunday.
It is believed that Mr. Corr was attempting to mount the station platform having tried to recover something from the rail line when the 10am train, bound for Kent Station, Cork, passed through from Dublin’s Heuston Station.
The train’s first scheduled stop was Portlaoise and the incident is being treated as an accident by the Gardai and transport authorities.
61 year old Mr. Corr came from a well known and respected local family, who first lived in Johnstown and more recently at Monread Road, Naas. He had a number of brothers and sisters, with at least one living abroad.
He will be remembered by many people in the area to whom he sold fundraising lines on behalf of charity.
Mr. Corr was also known to commuters using both the train and bus and had an interest in politics and the GAA’s club and county scene.
Predeceased some years ago by his father Johnny, Mr. Corr’s mother Nancy lives locally. He attended primary school in Kill and later Naas CBS, and for a time he worked at the long closed Sallins Meat Packers plant, then a major employer in the area.
He lived at Castlefen, off Clane Road, Sallins.
Sallins councillor Paddy McNamara extended his sympathy to the family, and said Mr. Corr was a popular man in the village.
“Like me, many people in Sallins knew Dermot. I often spoke to him about politics. He was very popular and hugely liked and will be missed by all who knew him,” Mr. McNamara said.
Irish Rail spokesman Barry Kenny told the Leader that this was “a dreadful accident.” He added that rail lines are obviously extremely dangerous despite efforts by Irish Rail management to promote safety and to ensure that commuters look out for their own safety.
“We are extremely saddened by this event and our deepest sympathies go out to the Corr family and to Dermot’s friends,” Mr. Kenny added.