Tributes paid to ‘one of life’s true gentlemen’ after tragic motorcycle crash

The late Dan Curtin will be laid to rest this Friday.

FROM local motorcycle clubs to the halls of the Department of Agriculture, tributes have been paid far and wide to “one of life’s true gentlemen”.

Limerick man Dan Curtin was killed last Friday (February 2) when his motorcycle collided with a car.

The fatal incident occurred on the R515 by Kilmallock, County Limerick. Mr Curtin was pronounced dead at the scene and another man in his 40s was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

A native of Tournafulla, County Limeirck, Mr Curtin was widely known and beloved in his native West Limerick and in his adopted home of Dromore North, Dromahane, County Cork.

The 63-year-old father of three had only recently retired from Dairygold, where, by all accounts, he had been a much loved and widely respected figure.

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Posting to obituary website, a former colleague wrote that “there’s a generation of young scientists that hold him in their hearts as the most amazing boss”.

Others wrote that “Dan was always sure to greet you with a warm smile and a witty comment”, and “a man of exemplary values in every respect” that colleagues could “always depend on him for information and help”.

“Dan was first and foremost a Limerick man, but his contribution to the young people of the parish will never be forgotten,” a tribute from the Kilshannig Ladies Football Club read.

A great many mourners also marked Mr Curtin’s deep love for the Limerick hurling team.

Mr Curtin was also remembered by his friends at the Old Bulls Motorcycle Club, as well as those at the Mick O’Reagan Memorial Motorcycle Run and the Cork Toy Run – a fundraiser for the Children’s Leukemia Association, Barnardos, and Cork Penny Dinners, in which he had recently taken part.

Mr Curtin is deeply regretted by his wife Marion and children Eoin, Ruth, and Brian. He was the eldest son of the late Sean and Eily Curtin, and leaves behind siblings Maurice, Breda, Miriam, and Gerard, aunt Noreen, uncle Larry, mother, sister, and brothers in law, nephews and nieces, godchildren, cousins, and a wide circle of friends and admirers.

Mr Curtin will be reposing at his home in Dromore North (P51 C2R9) on Thursday evening (February 8) from 4pm to 9pm, before Requiem Mass on Friday at 1.30pm in St Patrick’s Church, Tournafulla, County Limerick. Burial will take place afterwards at the adjoining cemetery.

Mr Curtin’s family have asked that the home remain private outside of reposing times and, in lieu of flowers, have suggested donations to Pieta House.