There was shock and sadness in the Drumboylan area this week following the tragic death of a priest over the weekend in a suspected hit and run incident.
Gardaí are continuing to seek witnesses and information regarding the incident.
Retired priest Fr Michael Guckian, 81, was fatally injured at approximately 11 p.m.on Saturday night when he was struck by a car which failed to remain at the scene. He was treated at the scene but pronounced dead a short time later.
Fr Guckian, who was originally from Drumboylan, County Roscommon, lived with the Oblate order in Inchicore, Dublin. He was visiting his native Roscommon to attend the anniversary Mass of a relative, Fr Michael Moran, and had been due to return to Dublin yesterday.
Retired Priest Fr Ciarán Whitney, a close friend and national school classmate of Fr Guckian, said Fr Guckian was always happy to attend family occasions. “Fr Michael will be remembered as a good priest, down to Earth and easy to talk to,” he said, adding that over the years many people from Drumboylan went into the religious life.
He said that Fr Guckian had his primary education in Drumboylan National School, before continuing his education with the Oblate Fathers. He was ordained in 1964.
From a well known and respected family, tributes have poured in for the “wonderful” priest.
Fr Guckian worked as a missionary in the south of the Philippines until 1999.
Following the incident on Saturday, a man in his 20s later presented himself at Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station and is assisting gardaí with their inquiries. No arrests have been made.
A full forensic and technical examination of the scene was carried out on Sunday morning and following this, the road from Derrenargon Cross to Leitrim Village was reopened on Sunday evening.