One man dead and two seriously injured after car smashes into wall
A catastrophic crash has claimed the life of one man and left two of his friends seriously injured after the car they were travelling in hit a stone wall in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Oisin Cahill (18) was the front seat passenger in the car, which left the road in the single-vehicle crash on Shanaway Road at Woodstock, Ennis, Co Clare, at around 4.20am.
He was pronounced dead shortly after the incident.
The driver, Darragh Killeen (19), and rear seat passenger Enda Hickey (22) were seriously injured and were rushed to University Hospital Limerick.
Mr Cahill and Mr Killeen are from the townland of Clonfeigh, about 5km west of Ennis, and Mr Hickey is from the nearby townland of Kilmaley.
Mr Killeen was clinging to life last night, while Mr Hickey was said to be in a serious condition.
It is thought that two of the three young men were cousins.
The Toyota Avensis car the friends were in was travelling from the Ennis direction when the driver is thought to have lost control and crossed the road, before crashing into a stone pillar at the entrance to Woodstock View housing estate.
Local sources said Mr Cahill and Mr Hickey are both past pupils of Rice College in Ennis and Mr Killeen was a student in St Flannan's College in the Co Clare town.
It is understood the three friends had been at a hurling match on Saturday, where two of the group were on a local team panel and one went as a spectator.
They were returning home when the crash happened at Woodstock, about 2km outside Ennis town.
Gardai arrived at the scene within minutes of the alarm being raised. It is believed they were alerted to the collision by locals who heard the impact.
A doctor from the out-of-hours GP service responded to the incident and then two units of the fire brigade, three ambulances and a rapid response advanced paramedic unit.
Fire crews had to cut one of the victims from the wreckage of the car, which was described by one emergency services worker as "mangled and almost unrecognisable".
Fire service first responders assisted paramedics with CPR, which they carried out on the injured.
The road was closed after the crash to facilitate an examination by the garda forensic collision investigators, and local diversions were put in place.
The fire service placed protective screens around the car to shield it from public view.
The collision happened opposite the entrance to Woodstock Hotel and Woodstock Golf Club.
The area is also a popular with walkers and cyclists.
Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Ennis Garda Station on 065 6848100.
In 2005, just a kilometre from the scene on the same road, a 17-year-old girl died after the car she was travelling in overturned and crashed.