TRAGIC LOSS Keen cyclist Patrick McHale passed away yesterday after being hit by a car on Sunday.
Club pays tribute to ‘cycling great’ who passes away following Ballina collision
TRIBUTES have been paid to a cyclist who died in hospital on Tuesday evening after he was struck by a car near Ballina on Sunday afternoon.
The cyclist named locally as Patrick McHale from Rathglass West, Knockanillaun, Ballina passed away in Mayo University Hospital after he was struck by a car while cycling on the R314 Rathroeen, Ballina, on Sunday, May 28, at approximately 5pm.
Mr McHale was airlifted to Mayo University Hospital after suffering serious injuries in the collision but died yesterday (Tuesday) evening as a result of his injuries.
A man in his 50s, Mr McHale was a keen cyclists and was an active member of the Lisheen Cooneal Cycling Club based in the north Mayo area.
In a statement on their Facebook page, the club expressed their shock at Mr McHale’s death and their sympathy to his family.
“The club are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of Patrick McHale, a friend and devoted club member. We offer our condolences to Patrick’s wife, Collette, also a club member, his daughter, Melody and his sons, Patrick and Darren, son-in-law Darren, and all his extended family, neighbours and friends.
“The club will form a guard of honour as a mark of respect to in our eyes a cycling great. As Patrick had cycling friends in a lot of clubs far and wide we would welcome any outside club member to join us for the guard of honour,” the statement read.
The accident occurred on the main Ballina to Killala road approximately four miles outside Ballina close to the junction for the Rathroeen Civic Amenity site and Cooneal.
Mr McHale was cycling on his own at the time of the accident, and it is understood he was struck by a car travelling in the same direction.
Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information is asked to contact Ballina Garda Station on 096 20560, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
Anyone who would like to be part of the guard of honour is asked to call 086 8383308. His funeral will arrive at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Cooneal on Friday, June 2 for Requiem Mass at 11.30am followed by burial in Leisheen Cemetery.