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29th Mar 2024

Tributes pour in for musician and footballer (25) after death in Roscommon car-lorry crash

Stephen Porzio

Tragic news.

Tributes are being paid to a young man and talented musician and footballer that died following a road crash in Roscommon on Wednesday (27 March).

Shortly before 10.00pm, Gardaí received a report of a serious collision involving a lorry and a car on the N61 Athlone Road at Newtown.

The driver of the car, a man in his 20s, was removed from the scene by ambulance to Portiuncula University Hospital in Ballinasloe where he was later pronounced deceased.

He has since been named locally as 25-year-old Rian Sheridan, who was a native of the area of Renvyle in Galway.

According to multiple reports, the dairy farmer was a talented trad musician who also played football for Kilbride GAA club.

His notice reads:

“The death has occurred of Rian Sheridan, Cluainluáin, Renvyle, Co. Galway, who died tragically on the 27th of March 2024. Beloved only son of Finian and Maria Sheridan, and much loved and adored brother of Ciara, Doireann and Aebhín and brother-in-law Christopher Casey, his nephews Fionn and Shay Casey his loving girlfriend Áine Griffin.

“Rian will be sadly missed by his grandparents Sean and May O’Toole and his grandmother Doreen Sheridan Dolly, along with his aunts and uncles, cousins and the Griffin family and his many friends around the whole of Ireland that he made through his love of dairy farming, music, football and studies in UCD.”

Many have taken to Mr. Sheridan’s page to post moving tributes to the 25-year-old.

One person wrote: “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we find ourselves leaving a condolence message for such a fine young gentleman at such a young age.

“Words cannot express how sorry we are to lose a great young man from our community that any parent would be so proud of. If every family had a son like Rian, as Louis Armstrong put it, what a wonderful world it would be.”

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Tributes are being paid to Rian Sheridan following his death in a Roscommon road crash

Another said: “Our sincerest of sympathies to the Sheridan Family and Aine. Having spent four years in UCD alongside Rian we are truly heartbroken for you all.

“He was a gentleman always with a kind word for everyone. He was always so full of joy and had an obvious passion for agriculture, sport and of course trad music.

“No words can ease what you all must be feeling but know that he will always be in our hearts. Rest easy Rian our friend.”

Another tribute reads: “I only had the pleasure of meeting Rian once at his place of work on a farm visit with my Dad. What a complete gentleman, made us feel welcome, gave his time and interacted with each of us and what a smile. Any person would be proud to have him as a son, brother friend.”

A fourth person wrote: “Rian’s smile lit up a room. He was such a pleasant young man. In the prime of his life following his passions, love of animals, music and sport. May good memories shared and proud moments help you all through this awful tragedy. Rest in peace Rian. Thoughts and prayers with you all.”

In terms of Rian’s funeral arrangements, his RIP page also reads: “Reposing in Christ the King Church, Tullycross (H91D285) on Easter Sunday evening March 31st from 4pm until 7pm. Requiem Mass on Monday April 1st at 12 noon followed by burial in Renvyle Cemetery.”

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to the fatal crash to come forward.

“Any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were traveling on the N61 at Newtown at the time of the collision are asked to make footage available to Gardaí,” a Garda spokesperson said.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Roscommon Garda Station on 090 6638300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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