Man who died in car plunge was musician ‘loved by everybody’

Paddy Buckley
Paddy Buckley

A 38-year-old man who was killed when his car plunged into the Grand Canal in Co Offaly has been named as Patrick Buckley - a father of six who was a well-respected musician in the area.

He died after the accident that occurred near his home in the village of Pollagh early yesterday morning, but his vehicle wasn’t discovered until around midday by a passer-by in the flooded area.

He was the sole occupant of the car, and was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore where he was pronounced dead.

Local councillor John Leahy described Mr Buckley as being full of life, and told “He was very well known. When you met Patrick, he was full of life.

“He was an entertainer, and loved by everybody. He would always meet you and greet you with a smile.

“It’s devastating. He has six children aged between five and 17.”

Another local councillor, Eamonn Dooley, said: "I suppose there's no good time for an accident - but this time of the year is particularly sad. He was a very popular guy, into the music, and was playing in the pub on the night and, on his way home, he sadly had the accident."

Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Tullamore Garda Station on 057 9327600, the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.