Sadness as popular Lattin man dies in car crash

There was deep sadness in the Lattin area last weekend following the death of popular local man Martin Heffernan in a road accident.

There was deep sadness in the Lattin area last weekend following the death of popular local man Martin Heffernan in a road accident.

Martin (82) died following a collision on the M8 motorway in the early hours of last Thursday morning. The accident took place between Mr Heffernan’s car and a truck just south of Cahir, in the townsland of Raheenrow, between motorway junctions 11 and 12, at 2am.

The section of motorway remained closed for much of the following day to allow a garda forensic examination.

Mr Heffernan, from Ballinahow and late of Ballinleenty, Tipperary, was a single farmer who was well known and enjoyed meeting friends at marts and GAA matches. He was also a supporter of the Fine Gael party and canvassed with the local party representatives.

Tipperary area County Councillor Mary Hanna Hourigan described Mr Heffernan as “a wonderful man, a great friend to all of us in Fine Gael, a great character. He was very knowledgeable and great to give advice. He was kind to everybody coming into the party.

“He will be a great loss to West Tipperary and to the Fine Gael party.”

Mr Heffernan’s funeral took place on Sunday, with Requiem Mass on Sunday at St Michael’s Church in Tipperary and burial afterwards in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

He is survived by his brother Timmy, sister Kitty, nephews, nieces, cousins and a large circle of friends.

The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash.