Cyclist (16) was with twin brother when fatally injured in Kildare

Posted on: July 9th, 2018

Shane Duggan’s school paid tribute to their “brother” who “put up a brave fight” after his crash with a motorist driving a car in Co Kildare.


Cyclist Shane Duggan fatally injured in Oughterard, Kildare


A cyclist who died from injuries sustained in a crash with a car has been named as 16-year-old Shane Duggan.

The teenager sustained head injuries in the crash in Co Kildare last Tuesday afternoon.

He initially survived and was taken to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, for specialist treatment. Sadly his death at the hospital was confirmed on Saturday.

His passing brought to seven the number of cycling fatalities on the roads of the Republic since the start of the year.

The crash in which he was fatally injured occurred at Oughterard near Straffan just before 5pm.

The crash scene was close to Shane’s home and his brother Conor was with him at the time.

Shane was in third year in St Vincent’s, Castleknock, Dublin, and the school paid tribute to him.

“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the tragic and untimely death of our brother Shane Duggan,” it said.

“Shane was involved in a roadside accident near his home in Ardclough on Tuesday 3 July.  His twin brother Connor was with him at the time and was not injured.

“Shane put up a brave fight but died today at Beaumont Hospital surrounded by his loving family.  May he rest in peace.”

The school held a service on Sunday afternoon where pupils and staff gathered to remember Shane.

The Garda issued a brief statement confirming some details of the crash.

“A 16 year old boy has died in hospital today following a traffic collision in Co. Kildare on the 3rd July 2018,” the Garda statement said.

“The boy was cycling at Oughterard, Straffan, at 4.50pm on the 3rd July, when he was involved in a collision with a car.

“He was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was treated for head injuries and was pronounced dead (on Saturday).

“The driver of the car, a woman in her 40s, was not injured. A Garda investigation into the collision is underway.”