A much-loved priest is being hailed as a hero after he saved a woman from being hit by a bus in Cork.
Fr Con Cronin was killed after the freak crash which saw a bus plough into some cars on the Strand Road in Monkstown, Cork.
The 52-year-old Bus Eireann driver, who is believed to have suffered a suspected heart attack while behind the wheel, has been named as Mark Wills.
The Ballincollig native is a father to teenage children and is understood to have been pronounced dead on the arrival of emergency services.
Fr Cronin had been crossing the road with a friend when she alerted him to the danger and he reacted by pushing her out of the way.
Medics battled hard to save Fr Cronin after he was struck by the bus but he has tragically pronounced dead soon after.
Fr Cronin’s death at 73 was indeed tragic – as was the death of the bus driver.
His actions just before he was killed were absolutely selfless and heroic.
He could have chosen to save himself – but instead, he chose to save his friend – a parish secretary, I believe.
Fr Cronin’s actions prove that there are good priests about and his actions were based on an innate and natural goodness.
He had worked in Africa for years before returning home to help out in Cork parishes.
Since his death many people have spoken of his endearing personality and his kindness and goodness to people.
Fr Cronin’s funeral was watched live on line by over 12,000 people.
“No greater love has any man than that he lay down his life for his friends”.
MORE DUBLIN MEMORIES
For a very short time in 1960 I attended a very old primary school in.old Ballymun, Dublin, called St Pappins PS.
This was the time before the famous/infamous Ballymun Flats were built and St Pappins was literally out in the countryside.
I reached out to the Glasnevin Heritage and one of their members submitted some pictured of the now demolished St Pappins.
When I was in Dublin on Tuesday I called at Howth for some fresh lobster.
This was our Sunday lunch yesterday