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Man in 50s killed in collision with motorist in Co Galway

— UPDATED: Collision happened during Cunga Ram leisure cycle event.

A man in his 50s who was cycling his bicycle was killed yesterday in a collision with a motorist in Co Galway.

The Cunga Cycling Club said that the collision happened during its Cunga Ram leisure cycle event and it said that it sends its condolences to the family and friends of the deceased man.

In a statement issued yesterday before 6pm, Sean Kelly at the Garda press office said: “Gardaí are currently at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision involving a car and a bicycle that occurred at approximately 1:30pm on Sunday, 29th August, 2021, on the R345 near Corr na Mona, County Galway.”

“The cyclist, a man in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries have been reported. The road is currently closed and Forensic Collision Investigators are currently at scene. Local diversions are in place,” the statement yesterday said.

It added: “Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this collision. Gardaí are also appealing to any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were travelling on the R345 near Corr Na Mona at this time, to make this footage available to them.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Clifden Garda Station on 095 22500, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

Cunga Cycling Club, in a statement on its Facebook page yesterday, said: “The Cunga Cycling Club regrets to advise that a participant lost their life as the result of an accident at our Cunga Ram leisure cycle event today (Sunday, 29 August 2021).”

“As with any serious incident or accident the club are now working with the Gardaí to establish precisely what happened on this occasion,” the group said.

They added: “The Cunga Cycling Club sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased rider and requests their privacy be respected. We will be making no further statement at this time.”

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