GAA fans lead tributes to Tyrrelstown dad killed in crash

by Sylvia Pownall

GAA fans will pay tribute to Dubs supporter Jonathan ‘Jonner’ Egan, who died in a road smash last week, at Saturday’s All Ireland final replay in Croke Park.

The dad-of-four from Tyrrelstown was killed in a collision in Mulhuddart last Wednesday, September 4 – just days after witnessing his beloved Blues secure a draw against Kerry to keep their dream of five alive.

Now, fans have pledged their support, reacting in their droves to an appeal on Facebook for a one-minute applause in the fifteenth minute of the game to remember Jonathan, who was also a member of St Peregrine’s GAA club.

All Dublin GAA Fans page posted: “I’ve got a message from the family of Johnner Egan, the dedicated supporter of Dublin who tragically lost his life on his motorbike earlier this week.

“Johnner got his ticket last Sunday to get to where he loves (Croke Park) to see his beloved heroes dig deep for the draw.

“His family have asked us if we, as his second family, could share this post and are asking for a minute’s applause … on Saturday at the replay, the game he was so looking forward to stress yet again for another golden ticket to be there.

“Let’s make this happen as his second family (us the supporters) … RIP Johnner.”

Jonathan (45) died after his bike collided with a car on the Old Navan Road at the entrance of Saddlers estate near Coolmine Cottages.

His daughter, Katie, paid a touching tribute on Facebook to her dad, who she described as the “funniest person and most caring father anyone could ask for”.

The devoted family man, who grew up in Blakestown Cottages, was a popular figure locally and well respected within GAA circles.

He is survived by his partner, Roisin; kids, Cian, Katie, Jake and Calum; parents, John and Kay; and brother, Keith.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses who were in the area at the time of the incident, in particular a pedal cyclist who was also at the scene and witnessed the collision.

They can be contacted at Blanch Garda Station at 01 666 7000, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

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