The family of a haulier killed in a workplace accident at Dublin Port were left “speechless” when hundreds of truckers formed a guard of honour at his funeral.
Dad-of-four Nicky Collier, from River Valley in Swords, died on Wednesday, August 14, after reportedly being struck by an empty container handler at the docks.
His son, Darragh, issued an emotional appeal on Facebook calling for hauliers to “give him the send-off he deserves” with a convoy of trucks outside the graveyard.
The response was overwhelming, with hundreds of rigs forming a lengthy guard of honour at his burial at Dardistown Cemetery on Saturday.
Darragh said afterwards: “To say me and the family were speechless as we came over the bend in the road to see all them trucks, is an understatement. He would have been so happy to see all of that.”
Darragh added: “I would like to say thank you to everyone who took part in it, but that just simply wouldn’t be enough.
“The truck community bond is one that honestly can’t be topped and [you all] are by far the nicest bunch of people I’ve ever met.
“It honestly made me so proud to say he was my father, hearing all the stories about him.
“Thanks so much everybody, from the Collier and Dunne family, for what you all did – we really appreciated it.”
Nicky, who worked for a family-run transport company, is survived by his wife, Trisha; sons Sean, Conor, Darragh and Cillian; his parents, Mary and Tom; his brothers, Eamonn, Tony and Cathal; and his sister, Selena.
The huge turn-out at his funeral mass in St Finian’s Church in River Valley was testament to his popularity.
Posting on Irish Rigs’s Facebook page, Darragh revealed: “Growing up, that man got me to share the passion for trucks he had and we’d have endless talks about them.
“Trucks were his life. My dad was killed down in Dublin Port doing the same thing he used to do for a living every day, driving his truck.”
Nicky’s death is the eighth fatality at the docks this year. Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority have launched two separate investigations into the incident.
SIPTU trade union has also called for safety measures for dock workers, as health and safety changes introduced after Nicky’s death led to major delays at the country’s busiest port earlier this week.