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Sunday 20 January 2019

Four die in tragic weekend on roads

FOUR people lost their lives on Irish roads this weekend.

Two motorcyclists were among the four dead.

One, named as Alan Murphy (29), from the Old Cork Road, in Limerick city, was killed instantly after his motorcycle collided with a jeep towing a horsebox on the main Limerick to Tipperary road, N24, shortly after luncthime yesterday.

The force of the collision saw the motorcyclist crash through the horsebox before he was thrown about 20ft into a nearby field near Ballysimon on the outskirts of Limerick city.

His body was removed from the scene at around 4.30pm yesterday and taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick where a post mortem was due to be carried out today.

The elderly male driver of the jeep, who was on route to pick up a horse, was treated for shock but was uninjured.

Gardai at Roxboro Road garda station in Limerick city last night were appealing for witnesses.

Another man was killed when the car he was driving crashed into a stone wall on the Skerries to Rush Road on the outskirts of Rush village in north Co Dublin early yesterday .

The 51-year-old driver, whose name has not been released, was the sole occupant of the car.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.



Fog

However, it is believed that mist and sea fog in the area on Saturday night may have been a factor.

Earlier on Saturday, another motorcyclist was killed when he collided with a car at Lackagh, Co Galway on the Galway to Tuam Road around 4.30pm.

The driver, named locally as Sean Lenehan, (43), of Belclare, Tuam, Co Galway, drove an oil tanker for a living.

The father of one was well known in the area.

"Everyone is shocked," a local shopkeeper said.

The driver of the car was uninjured but was treated for shock.

Meanwhile, a young farmer and father-of-two was waked at home yesterday after he was killed following a collision on the N5 Dublin to Westport Road on Friday night. Declan Regan, (23), from Swinford Road, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, was the sole occupant of a car that collided with another vehicle shortly before 11.30pm near Bohola, Co Mayo.

He was rushed to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar but died of his injuries a short time later.

Mr Regan's heartbroken family, including his parents Denis and Christina Regan, held a traditional wake for him at their home in townland of Corrahoor.

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