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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Three die in weekend of carnage on the roads

Orla O'Malley, injured in a road accident in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo
Orla O'Malley, injured in a road accident in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo

A young man was killed in a bank holiday weekend car crash that has left his girlfriend fighting for her life in hospital.

The driver of the car was also hospitalised following the single vehicle incident in the early hours of yesterday at Churchfield, Tourmakeady, Co Mayo.

Tributes have been paid to Sean Halloran (20), from Clonbur, Co Galway, following the horror accident.

Mr Halloran was the front-seat passenger of the car and had been in Tourmakeady with friends attending a Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta GAA event.

His girlfriend, named locally as Orla O'Malley, was last night fighting for her life in Mayo University Hospital.

The driver of the car, who is aged in his 20s, was also taken to hospital.

Micheal O Fhlainn, of Tourmakeady GAA, expressed his grief following the tragedy.

"Everyone here at the Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta event is saddened by the news," he said.

"The flags are flying at half mast here, and there will be a minute's silence before each game."

Mr Halloran had been in Athlone on Saturday at a sheep-shearing event with his family, who are well-known in farming circles.

Sean Murphy, a resident of Clonbur, told the Herald that the whole community is in shock.

Sean Halloran who died following road collision in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo.
Sean Halloran who died following road collision in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo.

"It's such a terribly sad thing to have happened," he said.

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"The whole town is in a very bad way at the moment - we are all shocked.

"My heart goes out to their families and everyone who knew them."

The accident came only hours after a man in his 40s was killed in a collision on the M6 Athlone between the Monksland exit and Ballinasloe East on Saturday.

Meanwhile, members of Cavan GAA have offered their condolences after the death of backroom team member Dominic Earley, who was killed in a car crash in Fermanagh on Friday.

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