The late Seamus (Seamie) McCormack. Photo:

Tributes paid to local father of one killed in Athlone road tragedy

The Athlone man who tragically died in a single-vehicle motorcycle collision in the town during the early hours of this morning (Wednesday) has been named as Seamus 'Seamie' McCormack.

Mr McCormack, of Altown in Garrycastle, and Ballymore, lost his life in the crash which occurred at approximately 2.20am in the Kilmartin's Roundabout area on Athlone's Dublin Road.

The 28-year-old is survived and sadly missed by his loving fiancée Veronica Molloy, daughter Vaida, parents Eamon and Geraldine, brothers Edward, Ronan, Darragh, and sisters Nicola and Colleen.

His untimely passing is also mourned by Veronica's parents Eddie and Carmel (Molloy), nephews, Eoghan, Kian and Callum, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives, and many friends.

Numerous tributes have been paid to him during the day and this evening, including by Garrycastle GAA Club which said it was "very saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Seamie McCormack, former player and dedicated club supporter."

The club extended its condolences to his family and friends, saying, "our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time."

The deceased was also involved in equestrian activities over the years and Pony Racing Ireland described him as "such a wonderful young man, and great character, with a love for all close to him."

The details of Mr McCormack's funeral were announced earlier this evening. His remains will be reposing at his residence - 5 Altown, Garrycastle - this Friday from 3pm until 8pm.

The funeral Mass will take place in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Coosan, on Saturday at 10.30am, and will be followed by burial afterwards in Coosan Cemetery.

The funeral Mass will be live-streamed on Saturday at 10.30am at the following link.

Road closures which had been in place for much of the early part of today, as a result of the collision, were lifted this afternoon and Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to it to come forward.

Anyone with any information or camera footage in relation to the incident is asked to contact Athlone Garda Station on 090 649 2600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.