Cyclist (50) killed in N18 collision near Bunratty

Cyclist (50) killed in N18 collision near Bunratty


The scene of this Sundays fatal collision near Bunratty



09.45 –  The victim, a married father-of-two, has been named as Des Butler from Caherdavin in Limerick.

20.55 – The northbound off ramp at junction 7 has now reopened following the earlier fatal collision.

Earlier: A 50-year-old cyclist has died following a road traffic collision on the N18 near Bunratty this afternoon.

The incident occurred at around 11.45am on the N18 dual-carriageway at the turn-off for Shannon and Sixmilebridge.

Emergency services responded to the scene to find the man critically injured on the road.

A campervan, believed to have collided with the man, stopped in the hard-shoulder a short distance away.

An ambulance and advanced paramedic rapid response vehicle (RRV) attended the scene while four units of the fire brigade from nearby Shannon also responded.

The off-ramp has been closed and traffic diverted away from the area until a forensic examination of the scene is completed.

The injured man was rushed to University Hospital Limerick in a critical condition but was later pronounced dead.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Shannon Garda Station on 061 365900, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.