Man in his 70s killed in collision between van and bicycle in Offaly

A man in his 70s was killed today in a collision between a van and a cyclist on the Roscrea to Shinrone Road around Mountheaton, Shinrone, Birr, Co Offaly.

The Garda press office said: “Gardaí are investigating a fatal road traffic collision between a van and a cyclist that occurred on the Roscrea to Shinrone Road (R491), Mountheaton, Shinrone, Birr, Co. Offaly, on Monday 7th October at approximately 6:20pm.”

“A male (cyclist) aged in his 70s was brought to Limerick University Hospital with serious injuries. He was pronounced dead on Wednesday 9th October as a result of his injuries.”

“Gardaí at Birr Garda Station are appealing for witnesses who may have travelled on this road between 6:00pm and 6:30pm on the 7th of October, or anyone who may have dash cam footage to contact Birr Garda Station on 057 916 9710, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.”

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.

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