‘Go-to man for the parish’ – Tributes paid to father-of-two killed in Monaghan collision
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‘Go-to man for the parish’ – Tributes paid to father-of-two killed in Monaghan collision

THE MAN killed in a collision in Co. Monaghan has been named as father-of-two Stephen Marron from Castleblayney.

Mr Marron, 47, died after his parked Skoda car was struck by an Audi on the town’s Main Street at around 11.30pm yesterday.

A garda who was dragged around 500m after trying to stop the Audi driver has been released from hospital.

A 34-year-old man arrested at the scene remains in custody at Carrickmacross Garda Station.

'loving and devoted'

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Parish Priest of Muckno, Canon Shane McCaughey, paid tribute to Mr Marron, who was assistant sacristan at Saint Mary’s Church, Castleblayney and Saint Patrick’s Church, Oram.

"Stephen was the go-to man for everyone in the community of Muckno parish,” said Fr McCaughey.

“He was a disciple of Jesus Christ who asks his followers to love God and love neighbour.

"Stephen bore witness to his faith through the generosity and kindness that he showed to all who were in any kind of need.”

Mr Marron also served as a Minister of the Word at liturgical gatherings and was a member of the Parish Safeguarding Committee.

A statement from Muckno parish added: “He was a devoted member of the wider Castleblayney community, particularly through sports organisations.

“Above all, Stephen was a loving and devoted husband and father, a son, brother, and a good friend to many.”

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Investigation

The injured garda has been named as Michael Devlin, 31, who is stationed at Monaghan Garda Station.

Due to the involvement of a garda, the incident has been referred to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.

It has deployed a team of independent investigators to the scene and an examination of the incident continues.

Gardaí are continuing to investigate the incident and have asked witnesses to contact Carrickmacross Garda Station on 042 9690190, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111, or any garda station.