Saturday 16 December 2017

Deaths of a pedestrian and a lorry driver take weekend road toll to 5

Gardai at the scene after the lorry crashed on the M1
Gardai at the scene after the lorry crashed on the M1

Five men were killed on Irish roads over the bank holiday weekend.

The deaths occurred in five separate incidents in Meath, Wicklow, Mayo, Roscommon, and Fermanagh.

A lorry driver was the most recent fatality following a collision on the M1 in Co Meath yesterday.

The man in his 40s was pronounced dead after the vehicle he was driving jack-knifed on the motorway.

The incident occurred just south of the toll plaza at Gormanston shortly after 8.30am.

According to gardai, the truck lost control and struck a lay-by, which is used by gardai as an observation post.

However, the lorry did not overturn and no other vehicles were involved.

The Dublin-bound side of the motorway was closed for several hours following the incident.

Separately, a male pedestrian in his 40s was killed when he was struck by a car in Co Wicklow in the early hours of yesterday.

The man was walking along the Coolgreany Road in Arklow when the collision occurred at approximately 2.20am.


The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to St Columcille's Hospital in Loughlinstown. The driver of the car was not injured.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Arklow Garda Station on 0402 26320.

Meanwhile, the funeral details of the 20-year-old who died in a crash at Churchfield, Tourmakeady, Co Mayo, have been announced.

Sean Halloran, of Clonbur, Co Galway, was the front-seat passenger in the car which struck a wall at about 4am on Sunday.

His funeral will take place tomorrow at 1pm at St Patrick's Church, Clonbur.

The second passenger, Orla O'Malley, from Cross in Co Mayo, remains in a critical condition at Mayo University Hospital. The male driver of the car, who is in his 20s, was also taken to hospital.

On Saturday, a man in his 40s was killed in a collision in Co Roscommon at about 3.20pm.

Oisin Allman died in a single-vehicle crash near Athlone.

Mr Allman was travelling with his wife, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

According to local councillor Liam Callaghan, the Frenchpark native was a "very well-respected individual".

Just before 10am on Saturday, Dominic Earley (26) was also killed in a single-vehicle crash in Tempo, Co Fermanagh.

The Omagh man was a member of the Cavan senior football back-room team.

A spokesperson for Cavan GAA confirmed that a moment's silence will be held for Mr Earley before this weekend's Ulster quarter-final with Monaghan.

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