The man who died in a Road Traffic Collison at Batterstown yesterday has been named locally as Denis Kealy, a member of the well known and hugely respected football mad family from Dunshaughlin.

It is the second death to hit the Kealys after the passing of Denis’s sister, Maria, from illness last December.

Denis featured in the celebrated Dunshaughlin three-in-a-row county SFC successes some 20 years ago, which led to Leinster victory and an All-Ireland campaign.

He was also captain of the senior team in 2009 and through his building business a generous shirt sponsor for his club

In a post this morning on the Dunshaughlin and Royal Gaels Facebook page, the club says: “It is with deepest sadness and a heavy heart that we write on the sudden and tragic loss of Denis Kealy. Our sincere condolences to the Kealy family, relatives and friends. As a whole community, we would ask that you remember the family at this very difficult time.”

Gardai continue to appeal for witnesses following the single-car crash which occurred on the R154 at Piercetown near Dunboyne at around half 2 yesterday afternoon.

Any drivers who were travelling in on the R154 near Dunboyne at the time of the crash who may have camera footage are asked to make this available to Ashbourne Garda Station on 01 8010600.