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Saturday 10 December 2016

Tributes paid to 'a young man with a heart of gold'

Danny Moloney (19) was a keen sportsman
Danny Moloney (19) was a keen sportsman

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who died in a single-vehicle collision at a notorious accident blackspot.

Danny Moloney (19) died and three other teens were left seriously injured in the crash on a stretch of road that has had 17 accidents over the past 15 years.

Eight people have now died on the country's roads since the weekend.

Mr Moloney died when the car he was driving collided with a wall at Smith's Road outside Charleville, Co Cork.

Serious

Three other teens - two females and a male - were also injured.

All were taken to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) with what are described as serious injuries. One had sustained a severe head injury.

The accident occurred shortly after 11pm on Wednesday.

Councillor Ian Doyle extended his condolences to the Moloney family.

"I'd like to extend my deepest sympathies to them on their tragic loss. The whole community is shocked by the tragedy," he said.

Councillor Doyle revealed that there had been 17 accidents along the route involved over the past 15 years.

"It most certainly is an accident blackspot," he said.

The council had undertaken works a number of years ago in a bid to enhance the safety of the route for motorists.

Mr Moloney is a former Charleville CBS student.

A native of Newtownshandrum, he is survived by his parents, John and Sinead, and sisters.

The young man was described as "having a heart of gold" and a lifelong passion for sports and Gaelic games.

Numerous social media tributes were paid to the young man, many reflecting on his class graduation ball at the Charleville Park Hotel last year.

Friends in Newtownshandrum GAA club last night extended their sympathies to the Moloney family, who are highly respected within the community.

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