Tributes paid to Donegal priest killed in Limerick crash

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Tributes have been paid to a Donegal priest who was killed in a car crash in Limerick on Wednesday.

Fr Florian Flannery was driving to the Franciscan Friary on Wednesday afternoon when he was killed in the accident, which occurred on the N21, Ballingowan, Newcastle West, Co Limerick.

Fr Florian was a member of the Rossnowlagh Franciscan Friary in Donegal, having spent several occasions at the Friary since the 1980s. He joined the friary last weekend for the 70th anniversary of the friary opening.

His death notice says that Fr Florian is predeceased by his brother and fellow priest Fr Paschal and his sister Mary.

‘Fr. Florian will be sadly missed by those who knew him, his sudden death is a huge loss to his sister Mary, to the Franciscan community in Ireland and all those who know and loved him,’ his death notice read.

‘Florian was on his way to the Friary in Killarney when the accident happened,’ the Killarney Franciscans said. ‘He was really looking forward to spending time with us and with his very good friends in the area.

‘We had his room ready and were waiting for him to arrive when we got the sad news. Florian is with God and God is very near. Sincere sympathy to all those who knew him and loved him in Killarney and surrounding areas. Pat and all the Franciscan Community.’

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed Fr Florian’s collision to come forward. They are also appealing to road users who were travelling in the area between 4:00pm and 4:30pm with camera footage (including dash cam), to make it available to them.

Anyone with information can contact Newcastle West Garda Station on 069 20650, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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