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Local event postponed as mark of respect for Laois man tragically killed in road accident

John Brennan was a prominent member of the Pearson Fitness and Performance gym in Portlaoise. Photo courtesy of Photobomb Tom and Nigel Pearson

A local event has been postponed as a mark of respect for the late John Brennan, who was tragically killed in road accident on December 23.

Borris-in-Ossory GAA Club were due to officially turn on their new floodlights for the first time, but postponed the event out of respect for John and his family.

A St Stephen’s Day walk organised by the GAA club was also  postponed as a mark of respect.

Mr Brennan was killed following a single car collision near his family home in Ballyquaid, Ballybrophy. He was the sole occupant.

John is survived by his parents Sean and Martina, sisters Caroline, Marie, Daniel, Katie, Cillian and Eoin.

He is also mourned by uncles, aunts, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Mr Brennan was a prominent member of the powerlifting community. A touching tribute was paid to him on the Facebook page of Pearson Fitness and Performance where he was a member.

“It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our dear friend, Johnny Brennan,” read the post.

“A powerlifter, a gentleman and a true friend. Johnny had a huge impact on us all here in the gym. He has left a lasting impression and void that can never be filled.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

His funeral mass took place on Wednesday (St Stephen’s Day) in Killasmeestia Church at 1.30pm with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House private on Wednesday morning.

Gardai are interested in speaking to anyone who was travelling on the R435 between Borris in Ossory and Rathdowney between 8.30am and 9.30am on Sunday morning that have any information.

Also Gardai are interested if any Dash Cam footage is available from any vehicle on the R435 between 8.30am and 9.30am.

You can contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 057-8674100, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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Siún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.