Funeral of motorcyclist killed at charity event hears of devoted family man – The Irish Times

A large crowd at the funeral of Oliver Ollie Heslin, 42, of Castleroe, Maganey, Co Kildare, heard he was a man much loved by his family and members of the community in which he lived.

His wife, Sophia, told mourners that her husband loved his children and was always there for his family.

Mr Heslin had been taking part in a charity motorbike race for Holy Angels Carlow daycare for children with special needs when a car collided with his motorbike at 4.50pm last Saturday in an area known as Blanchfield Park, Clifden, Co Kilkenny.

The Requiem Mass was held at 11am on Thursday at the Church of St Laurence O’Toole, Levistown, Co Kildare, where a large motorcycle honor guard drove the hearse carrying Mr Heslin’s remains to the church.

Two other motorcyclists were injured in the collision and taken to Waterford University Hospital. One of the men injured in the crash was riding as a passenger taking part in the guard of honor.

Mr. Heslin’s wife, young daughters Amelia, Elodie, Isabella, mother Mary and father Mick, brothers Colm, Terence and Fergal were joined at mass by a large crowd which included relatives, friends and colleagues from the security company where he worked. , Netwatch.

Six pallbearers carried her coffin adorned with white lilies and roses through the crowded church. Symbols of Mr Heslin’s life were brought to the altar by his daughters and other family members: a family photo, a Leinster rugby shirt, a hat and a scarf to mark his love of sport , motorcycle and RV magazines, a chisel to portray his skills as a craftsman, and a seat box marking his love of working outdoors.

Father Aidan Kieran told mourners gathered inside and outside the church that Mr Heslin had been “so loved and so popular with so many people. There has of course been great sadness in the area over the past few days after we heard the news of Oliver’s death in such tragic circumstances.

He had, said the priest, been “a marvelous man.”

In her eulogy at the end of her husband’s Mass, an emotional Mrs. Heslin said: “On my first day here, I could see how much he was loved by his family and the community. There were such memorable moments… Ollie loved his babies, they meant so much [to him]. He has always been there for us. »

His remains were cremated after his funeral at Newlands Cross Crematorium on the outskirts of Dublin.

James Hardy, a lawyer residing at 172 Wright Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was remanded on consent to bail and charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Mr. Heslin in the District Court of Kilkenny last Tuesday.

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