A woman who was killed while cycling in a collision involving a driver in a car on Saturday was named as 24-year-old Gabriele Glodenyte, a manager at Microsoft who was an award-winning racing cyclist.
Gardaí appealed for witnesses to the collision which happened a few kilometres north of the village of Oldtown, right outside the graveyard Grallagh Cemetery at around 12.50pm last Saturday, May 27, 2023.
Her partner Seán Landers posted on Facebook that her life was taken too soon doing what she loved.
He wrote: “I can’t believe I have to make this post, but I want to let everybody know that unfortunately Gabriele’s life was taken from us all too soon, doing what she loved. On Saturday afternoon, on our cycle together, she was struck head-on by a car, and killed. Thank you to everyone for the kind messages I’ve received. RIP Gabriele.”
Cycling Ireland, the Irish sporting cycling body, which issued a statement before he was named, said: “Cycling Ireland are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of a female member in a road accident today.”
The group added: “On behalf of all of our members, Cycling Ireland would like to extent our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, club-mates and all who knew her. Our thoughts are with them at this devastating time.”
The Drogheda Wheelers yesterday said: “Everyone at Drogheda Wheelers is very saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Gabriele Glodenyte over the weekend. Gabriele and her boyfriend Seán have been massive supporters of our events and pictured below is Gabriele after winning the Boyne GP in 2022.”
The group added: “We send our deepest condolences to Seán, Gabriele’s family and friends, her club mates at UCD and the entire cycling community. May Gabriele rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.”