Father-of-five killed in road accident laid to rest

A CARING and loving husband, father, son, son-in-law and friend was remembered in St Mary's Church, Navan, yesterday morning (Tuesday) as Patrick McDonagh's funeral Mass was celebrated.

The 29 year-old father of five lost his life in a collision on the Navan-Trim Road on Thursday morning last.

Son of Willie and Mary McDonagh, he grew up in Luton, England, where he attended school before returning to Navan, and marrying Christina in 2011. He lived at Tailteann Drive in Windtown, Navan, with his wife and family, Amy, Celina, Danny, Lee, and Jessica, and often returned to England to visit family and friends there.

Celebrating the funeral Mass, Fr Noel Weir, CC, Navan, said Patrick was a friendly, outgoing person, with a wide circle of friends, who loved music, handball, football, and going to the gym. He was someone who gave good advice on things. Burial followed in St Finian's Cemetery, Navan.

Mayor of Navan, Cllr Eddie Fennessy, extended his sympathy to the McDonagh family. He said: "I'd like to extend our deepest condolences to his wife and children for their tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time. Suaimhneas dó agus comhbhrón lena chlann."

The fatal collision involving a truck and two cars occurred at approximately 10.20am, close to Connell's Cross at Bective, on the Navan-Trim Road, on Thursday 19th January. Mr McDonagh was the driver of one of the cars and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trim Gardai are investigating and are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to come forward. They are also appealing to those with camera footage (including dashcam) who were travelling on the R161 Navan to Trim Road between 10am and 10.20am, to make it available to them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Trim Garda station on 046 948 1540.