Who was Michael Gill?Bus Eireann driver who died in crash
Michael Gill death will be our focus. We will let you in on how he died in that accident. We will also look at his life and career.
Who was Michael Gill?
He was a 55 year old man from Kenagh which is in Longford county.
He was a Bus Eireann driver. Michael Gill was said to be an experience driver.
He has a driving experience with a local family -run bus service Farrelly’s Coaches.
This was where he worked before joining Bus Eireann around the end of last year.
His former boss at the local family run bus service provided is Liam Farrelly.
How did Micahel Gill die?
He died in a road crash which occurred in Westmeath on Wednesday.
Michael Gill bus allegedly left the road and collided with a ditch. The accident happened in the town of “Killogeenaghan, Moate at around 5.30pm”.
Michael Gill had about 20 passengers in his bus at the time.
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His passengers who were taken to hospital are said to have sustained non-life threatening injuries.
He was taken to the Tullamore’s Midland Regional Hospital and it was there that he unfortunately pass on.
Community in Grief over Michael Gill death
His community are in mourning over his death.
Their local councillor, Colm Murray said, they have been left reeling by news of the tragedy.
“Michael was a good old character and was extremely well got,” he said, while revealing how his fellow parishioner was no stranger to the local sports scene.
“He would have been involved on the darts circuit for a number of years and he was also involved with the local GAA club, winning a couple of U21 championships in the 80s.”
Michael Gill former boss, Liam Farrelly also paid tribute to him.
He said he was working on bringing back to his business and that their last engagement was last week.
“I only rang him last Monday to see how he was getting on and if he wanted to come back,” said Mr Farrelly.
“Michael was just a lovely gentleman, a quiet man, inoffensive and even tempered. And because he was such a capable driver, he was never stressed and the passengers loved him.
“He was 16 years with us and the first driving job he had was with us. He was a great driver, he even drove double deckers for us and went all over the country and on tours to England for us.”
He has also been described as a caring and empathetic person.
Councillor Murray also added that:
“He was just well liked by everybody and everything he was involved in,” added Cllr Murray.
“And if there was a passenger who might not have been looking forward to a long journey ahead of them, Michael would always make them feel at ease by putting a smile on their face.”