The wife of a Dublin businessman who died from injuries sustained while trying to keep his car from being robbed in Clondalkin earlier this year heard about the incident while waiting to catch a plane from England to reach home.
an McDonnell, 50, a married father of three from Elm Close, Lucan, Co Dublin, was hit by his own vehicle after it was stolen from outside his business premises on January 23.
He died of his injuries at Tallaght University Hospital five days later.
The Volkswagen Passat was taken after Mr McDonnell left the engine running while stopping by his used car dealership Ozone Cars in Robinhood Road, Clondalkin, around 6pm on a Sunday evening.
He is understood to have jumped onto the hood to try to prevent the vehicle from being stolen.
He was discovered a short distance away lying on the ground with life-threatening injuries.
At a hearing of the Dublin District Coroner’s Court today, the victim’s wife, Monica McDonnell, recalled how, after attending a football match at a Liverpool airport, she was waiting for a flight home to Dublin when she was informed by Gardaí that her Man injured after being hit by a car.
Ms McDonnell said she last saw her husband the day before, as he was taking her and their two daughters, Clodagh and Aoife, to Dublin Airport.
She said they flew to Liverpool before moving on to Manchester to attend a game at Old Trafford between Manchester United and West Ham.
Ms McDonnell said she exchanged texts and photos with her husband regularly that day and that he had finished work so he could watch the game on TV with their son Gareth.
“We had a lot of contact,” she says.
She said they spoke on the phone again the next day while she was having dinner in Manchester. Around 3pm they said they would talk again later that evening.
Ms McDonnell said her daughter Aoife alerted her to a missed call from an unknown number while they were waiting for a flight from Liverpool around 10pm.
She said she then received another call from Gardaí in Clondalkin, who informed her of what had happened.
The inquest found that Gardaí met Ms McDonnell at Dublin Airport and took her to the hospital to see her husband.
Ms McDonnell said she officially identified his body to Gardaí after he died of his injuries five days later.
She said she was shown a photo of the car her husband was driving, but nothing that stood out as odd.
Ms McDonnell, originally from Elphin, Co Roscommon, described how she met her future husband at school in her hometown.
The investigation revealed that the couple moved to Dublin in 1995 and had been together for 32 years.
Detective Inspector Dan Callaghan, who led the inquiry into Mr McDonnell’s death, requested that the inquiry be adjourned on the grounds that criminal proceedings were being considered in the case.
Coroner Aisling Gannon granted the request and adjourned the hearing until January 19, 2023.
Ms Gannon offered her condolences and sympathy to Ms McDonnell and her family and said she was sure taking part in the inquiry was “a difficult day for you”.
https://www.independent.ie/news/wife-of-man-who-died-trying-to-prevent-his-car-from-being-robbed-heard-about-incident-while-waiting-for-flight-home-41860419.html The wife of a man who died trying to avoid his car being robbed heard about the incident while waiting to fly home