Tributes paid to young man who died in Roscommon road tragedy

Kilbride GAA Club have led tributes to young student Rian Sheridan from Renvyle in County Galway who died following a road traffic accident in County Roscommon on Wednesday night, March 27th.

Rian, whose girlfriend Áine Griffin is from Kilbride, had recently started playing for the Roscommon club, to whom he transferred earlier this year.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Kilbride GAA Club described Rian as a young man who was dedicated, kind and friendly and who had made “a lasting impression as a person of integrity”.

Rian, who was in his mid-20s, was involved in a collision between the car he was driving and a lorry which occurred at Newtown on the N61 Athlone to Roscommon road shortly before 10 pm on Wednesday night of last week.

Mr Sheridan, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was removed from the scene to Portiuncula University Hospital, Ballinasloe, where he was later pronounced dead. His death has come as a profound shock to his family and large circle of friends.

In addition to his GAA interests, Rian was also an accomplished traditional musician and a keen dairy farmer. He was a student in UCD.

In a statement last Friday, Kilbride GAA Club said: “Kilbride GAA club wish to extend our deepest sympathies on the tragic and untimely passing of Rian Sheridan to Rian’s parents, sisters and the extended Sheridan family of Renvyle, his loving girlfriend Áine and the Griffin family.

“Rian has been part of the Kilbride community for many years and more recently transferred from Renvyle joining Kilbride GAA club as a player in 2024.

“He played at full-back with distinction for the Intermediate team’s first two league games (this year). In his short few months training and playing with Kilbride he made a lasting impression as a person of integrity who was dedicated, kind and friendly. He will be sorely missed as part of the club”.

The club confirmed that as a mark of respect to the deceased, no matches involving Kilbride GAA Club would proceed over the period up to and until after the Funeral Mass.

The statement continued: “The Intermediate team, that he was already a leader on, will retire the number 3 jersey for the upcoming season”.

UCD GAA Club, where Rian played his football while attending college there, posted this message to his grieving family: “All at UCD GAA Club pass on our sincere condolences to you. We are devastated to hear the awful news. Rian played with UCD GAA and we fondly remember him wearing the UCD jersey with pride. May he rest in peace”.

The late Rian Sheridan was laid to rest on Monday, April 1st in Renvyle Cemetery, County Galway. He is mourned by his loving parents Finian and Maria, sisters Ciara, Doireann and Aebhín, extended family members, his girlfriend Áine Griffin and a wide circle of friends. May he rest in peace.

*Gardaí in Roscommon issued an appeal for any witnesses to the fatal collision to come forward. Any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were travelling on the N61 at Newtown at the time of the collision are asked to make footage available to Gardaí. Contact Roscommon Garda Station on 090 6638300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.