The late Dean Logan from Kilcullen
The community of Kilcullen is united in grief this week following the tragic death of local man Dean Logan.
Mr Logan from Avondale Drive in the town, died after being struck by a car in an accident on the motorway early on Sunday morning, April 8.
Gardai say the incident happened on the northbound of the section of the M9 route between junctions 2 and 3, close to Kilcullen. It occurred at about 3.30am.
Roads were closed for a time in the aftermath of the accident to facilitate an examination of the scene by Garda forensic collision investigators. Traffic travelling towards Dublin was diverted off the motorway at Athy before the motorway route was reopened.
Mr Logan was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the car was not injured.
Kilcullen resident Ger McNally paid tribute to Mr Logan as a man who was loved by everybody. Mr Logan had a strong interest in many sports clubs, including the local soccer scene though his biggest interest was in horseracing, which he indulged with friends at The Spout bar in the town.
He turned 40 last October and he was a former student at the Cross and Passion College, Kilcullen.
“He was the life and soul of most gatherings he attended and he was fun to be with and was loved by everyone in the town,” said Mr McNally. “He had a great interest in music and was fond of supporting live bands performing in the local area. The news is absolutely devastating and I don’t know how you’d even begin to describe him to somebody who didn’t know him but not many people around Kilcullen didn’t. There are very few people around the town who won’t have a story about a night out with Dean.”
Mr McNally added: “He was totally unique and did things the way he wanted. He was an absolute legend and will be sadly missed by everybody who knew him.
“I will remember him... standing on our fireplace way too late into the night and telling a neverending story to anybody who would listen and even those who wouldn’t.”
Kilcullen GAA club chairman Des O’Brien said Mr Logan’s untimely passing is blow to Kilcullen and to the wider community.
“Although Dean did not play as an adult with the club, he is remembered by many here as an underage player. This news came as a great shock and the club extends its heartfelt sympathy to Dean’s mother, father and siblings as well as all those who knew him,” added Mr O’Brien.
Mayor of Kildare and local councillor Martin Miley paid tribute to a man who will be remembered as a character. “I knew Dean in passing and this is a tragedy for his family as well as Kilcullen. He was known as a character and a loveable guy from his youth. It was extremely sad to hear of his death. He was the life and soul of many events and the coming days and months won’t be easy for Dean’s family or the community.”
The gardai have appealed for information about the accident. They have asked for anyone who was travelling on the motorway between 2.30am and 4.30am to contact the station at Naas (phone 884300).
Mr Logan is survived by parents Ken and Linda as well as brothers Mark and Wayne and sister Clare, girlfriend Clare, brother-in-law Jag, sisters-in-law Geneen and Janne.
His requiem mass will take place tomorrow (Wednesday, April 11) at the Church of the Sacred Heart and St. Brigid, Kilcullen at 11am followed by his funeral to Newlands Cross crematorium.