Sunday 23 October 2016

Christmas carnage on our roads as six more are killed in only 48 hours

The scene of Paddy Buckley's fatal crash
The scene of Paddy Buckley's fatal crash
Dad-of-six Paddy Buckley

A dad-of-six has become the latest person to die on Irish roads in a week of terrible carnage.

The Road Safety Authority said it had been a "dreadful Christmas for road safety" following a series of incidents that also saw a mum of baby twins and a seven-year-old boy among the dead nationwide.

The community of Pullough in Co Offaly was devastated to learn of the death of Paddy Buckley (38) in a road traffic accident yesterday.

Shortly after midday, the dedicated family man was discovered in a vehicle that had hit a bridge and went into a river, not far from his home.


He was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, where he was pronounced dead.

A neighbour of the deceased man, Eamonn Dunican, described Mr Buckley's loss as "an awful tragedy".

"He had a young family, six children, and the youngest is in junior infants. He was a very talented man, a very talented musician and a fantastic singer," he said.

Mr Dunican said that a "dark veil" has been pulled across the community, and said that it would rally around Mr Buckley's grieving family.

Gardai at Tullamore Station are investigating the accident, which occurred at Turraun, Pullough.

Separately, young Wexford mum Judy Waters was killed when the car in which she was travelling hit a wall in Camblin, just outside of New Ross, shortly after 4.50pm on St Stephen's Day.

The 29-year-old mum of eight-week-old twins had lived at St Martin's Park, Ballycullane.

Tributes have also been paid to a young agricultural student who lost his life in a road accident on St Stephen's Day.

Feargal O'Reilly (18), of Clonoose, Ballyheelan, Kilnaleck, Co Cavan, was fatally injured when the car he was driving was in a collision with a truck and another car at Kilcogy, Co Cavan, at approximately 7.30am.

Parish priest Fr Frank Gray said that Feargal was "a very outgoing and likeable young man".

North of the Border, schoolboy Jackson Turner (7) passed away on St Stephen's night - several hours after he was involved in a three-vehicle collision in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

The horror smash occurred at the Old Carrick Road at approximately 6.30pm. Seven people were injured in the incident.

The news comes in the wake of the tragic passing of Dublin teen Warren Kenny.

He was killed while riding a motor bike that he had been given as a present on Christmas morning.

The talented 16-year-old soccer ace died shortly after 8am when his scrambler bike collided with a similar vehicle on Cherry Orchard Avenue, Ballyfermot, just metres away from his home.

Elsewhere, gardai are investigating a fatal road traffic collision in which Polish national Lukas Bielinski (29), who was a pedestrian, lost his life at Gorteengrone, Co Carlow, on Christmas Day at 7.20pm.

Meanwhile, hundreds of mourners turned out in the rain on St Stephen's day to say goodbye to the mother and daughter who tragically died in an accident on their way to do Christmas shopping.

The coffins of mother and daughter Geraldine (58) and Louise Clancy (22) rested side by side at the altar of St Martin's Church in Kilworth, Co Cork, during the St Stephen's Day funeral service.

Gardai said that 162 people have lost their lives on Irish roads this year. The figure includes six in just over 48 hours since Christmas Day, who are among 11 road victims in the last week.

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