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Cleric killed in hit-and-run was a 'walking saint' says family

The niece of an elderly priest who was killed in a hit-and-run has described him as a "walking saint".

Fr Michael McGuckian (81), who lived with the Oblate order in Inchicore in Dublin, had been visiting relatives in Roscommon.

His niece described him as "the most down to earth man ever".

She said: "He was a walking saint. It's terrible. We are still getting the details here but we're shocked.

"He spent 30 years in the Philippines and was the most down to earth man you could meet."

Gardai are investigating the incident which occurred in Keadue, Co Roscommon, at approximately 11pm on Saturday night.

Fr McGuckian was walking on a country road when he was struck by a car. The driver failed to stop or remain at the scene.

A passer-by contacted the emergency services and the victim was treated at the scene but later pronounced dead.

A 20-year-old man, who gardai say was the driver of the car, later presented himself at Carrick-On-Shannon Garda station.

A spokesman for the Oblate order said: "He had served in the Philippines as a mission worker for a number of years before returning to Ireland in 1999.

"Fr Michael was well liked and loved, and will be missed."

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