by Tom McCullough
THE County Limerick man who died in a road traffic collision near Bunratty last Friday was laid to rest this afternoon.
Ken Smyth from Askeaton, who was described as a farmer and businessman in his late 40s, was the sole occupant of a 4×4 vehicle that overturned on the N18 between the exits for Bunratty and Sixmilebridge.
The vehicle, which was towing a trailer with cattle, rolled on to its roof fatally injuring Mr Smyth. No other vehicle was involved in the incident which occurred around 2.10pm.
Gardaí, paramedics from the National Ambulance Service and units of Clare Fire and Rescue from Shannon and Ennis were dispatched to the scene on the Limerick-bound side of the dual carriageway.
Founder and owner of Palatine Engineering, which designs and manufactures agricultural machinery, Mr Smyth was well known in local farming and business circles.
He was buried on Wednesday, October 20 in St Mary’s Church of Ireland cemetery in Askeaton, following a funeral service in Kilcornan Church of Ireland.
Gardaí from Shannon are investigating and are appealing to road users who may have camera footage of the accident to make this available to them.
They are asked to contact Shannon Garda Station on 061 365 900, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.