Father pays tribute to son with 'a heart of gold'

TRIBUTES have been paid to the Monkstown father-of-two who died after being hit by a car on Sunday night.

Colin Weir (33) and his friend Paul McFee were walking on the Doagh Road as they made their way back to their Monkstown homes after a night out in a nearby social club.

It is believed they had taken to the road to avoid the icy pavements, when they were hit by a car close to the Nortel site just before 11pm on December 5.

Colin died instantly at the scene while Paul was taken to hospital where his condition was described as serious.

Colin's father, Alan said the two 'best mates' had just turned down a lift from another friend before tragedy struck.

"He had a heart of gold," said Mr Weir, "He would have done anything for anyone. He was just out with his friends, like any other Sunday night, Paul and him were the best of mates.

"Apparently the car just came out of nowhere and took them by surprise. Colin's head hit the kerb and he died instantly. Just before it happened a friend of theirs' had offered them a lift in a taxi, but they turned it down."

Colin was a former soldier having served with the Irish Guards in Germany and Canada.

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