Woman cyclist dies in Co Cork


Gardaí investigating the death of a 58-year-old cyclist in Co Cork have ruled out a hit and run.

Investigators are satisfied that Maura McGrath, a mother-of-eight from Liam Lynch Park, Mitchelstown, was not struck by any other vehicle while out cycling last night.

Her body was found lying near her bicycle on a section of the former N8 between Mitchelstown and Kilbehenny by a passing motorist at 8.30pm.

The emergency services were alerted and Mrs McGrath was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was removed to Cork University Hospital for a postmortem examination.

The postmortem examination revealed that Mrs McGrath, whom it is understood was wearing a cycling helmet at the time, suffered serious head injuries in the fall.

Gardaí were satisfied following a preliminary examination the scene that Mrs McGrath had not been hit by any other vehicle and believe that she fell from her bicycle.

Gardaí in Mitchelstown have appealed to anyone with information to contact them on 025-84833.

Elsewhere, gardaí are investigating a fatal crash in Co Roscommon yesterday evening in which an elderly man died.

The four occupants of a car, two men and two women, were brought to Roscommon Hospital after it collided with a van at 6.20pm on the Boyle Road in Frenchpark.

One of the men was pronounced dead in the hospital. The driver of the van was not seriously injured. Gardaí have called for witnesses to contact Castlerea Garda station on 094-9621630.