Gardaí renew appeal for information on hit and run which killed Paraic Coffey

Coffey was 18 when struck by vehicle and fatally injured in Athboy 25 years ago

Paraic Coffey was heading home after a night out in Buck Mulligan’s nightclub in the Darnley Lodge Hotel in Athboy town.

Paraic Coffey was heading home after a night out in Buck Mulligan’s nightclub in the Darnley Lodge Hotel in Athboy town.

 

Gardaí are renewing their appeal for information about the death of Paraic Coffey, who was killed in a hit and run in Co Meath 25 years ago.

Paraic was just 18 when he was struck by a vehicle and fatally injured in Eightyeight Acres, Athboy, shortly after 3am on June 9th, 1996.

He was heading home after a night out in Buck Mulligan’s nightclub in the Darnley Lodge Hotel in Athboy town.

He was walking along the Athboy to Dunderry road when the incident occurred, and the vehicle failed to remain at the scene.

Paraic was taken to hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

In a statement, gardaí said they believe that there are people with information who have not previously come forward.

“Many of those who were living in the locality and who would have known Paraic were teenagers and young adults at the time of the incident.

“These people may now have their own families and as such have a deeper understanding of the unbearable loss and the overwhelming search for answers that the Coffey family have held onto for 25 years, from losing a child, a son, or a brother in such circumstances,” the statement said.

The vehicle involved in the incident would also have been damaged.

Gardaí asked that anyone who remembers a friend or family member who had unexplained damage to their car, or anyone who was asked to carry out repairs on a vehicle in suspicious circumstances, to come forward.

Gardaí also appealed directly to the person or people involved in the incident to come forward, to bring closure to their life and to the Coffey family.

Anyone with information can contact the incident room in Kells Garda Station on 046 928 0820, or the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111.