Brendan Fitzpatrick will be our focus in this article. We will get to know him and how he lost his life in that manner.
Who was Brendan Fitzpatrick?
He was a 24 year old teacher.
The young teacher is from Thomastown in Kilkenny.
He was also a member of Thomastown Paddlers Canoe Club.
His parents are Fiona and Eamon respectively.
The 24 year old teacher also had a sister by name Eimear.
His mother Fiona was the secretary of the Thomastown Paddlers Canoe Club for many years.
He is said to have struck by one or more vehicles while he was traveling on Saturday morning.
Brendan Fitzpatrick was walking along the motorway to his house in Naas.
The incident that claimed the teachers’ life occurred at M7 in Naas, Co Kildare.
He was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.
Gardai and emergency service providers were at the scene which is around Junction 11 and Junction 10, not far from Naas.
Tributes pour in for Brendan Fitzpatrick.
Fr Daniel Bollard who is the Parish Priest of Thomastown said the whole community is saddened and remains in shock over Brendan’s death.
“Everyone is so shocked and saddened and everyone’s thoughts and prayers are with Brendan’s family at this time,” Fr Bollard told us.
“He was a teacher and had a promising career ahead of him. It’s so tragic.”
The Thomastown Paddlers Canoe club to which Brendan Fitzpatrick was a memeber also issued a tribute in his honour.
Their tribute which is on their Facebook page said:
“All in Thomastown Paddlers are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of club member Brendan Fitzpatrick.
“An absolute gentleman taken far too early. Brendan exuded kindness and determination and he was truly loved by all.”
Members of the club also shared their tributes. One member wrote“Brendan was a lovely lad on and off the water. Many fond memories of racing him. So sad to hear this news.”
While another added “This tragic news hollowed me out. A very pleasant young fella who was always willing to help out. Can’t stop thinking about the Fitzpatrick family since I heard the news.”
Funeral arrangement for Fitzpatrick Brendan has not been disclosed.
Gardai who appeal for information on his death said :“It is also believed that more than one vehicle may have collided with the male and although a number of drivers have come forward we would appeal for these motorists to contact gardai.
“Additionally we are asking motorists with any video footage (including dash cam) who were travelling on the M7 between J11 and J10 in either direction in the hours prior to the collision, to make contact with investigating Gardaí.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Naas Garda Station on 045 884300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station”.