Gardaí investigate death of cyclist

Gardaí investigate death of cyclist


Gardaí at the scene near Crusheen this evening – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Gardaí are investigating the death of a man who was found lying in a ditch in Co Clare on Saturday afternoon.

It’s understood the man in his 50s was part of a group of cyclists travelling along the R458, the old N18 Ennis to Galway road.

The man’s friends had returned to find him when they noticed he wasn’t with the main group. They discovered the man lying in a ditch on the side of the road about two kilometres north of Crusheen.

They called the emergency services while, it’s believed, an off-duty paramedic who had been passing the scene stopped to help and CPR was carried out while they waited for help to arrive.

Two ambulances and an advanced paramedic rapid response vehicle attended the scene along with Gardaí who immediately closed the road and diverted traffic away from the scene.

Efforts to resuscitate the man were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead on arrival at University Hospital Limerick.

A section of the road was closed to facilitate a technical examination however gardaí say there is nothing to suggest there was any vehicle involved.

A spokesman confirmed that the death, while not suspicious, will be investigated and the scene examined.

It’s believed the man may have suffered a medical episode and gardaí say a post-mortem examination will determine the course of their investigation.


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.