Saturday 7 December 2019

Road deaths reach 70 after two killed in bank holiday smashes

Peter Noonan places flowers at the scene of Limerick crash
Peter Noonan places flowers at the scene of Limerick crash

Ireland's roads claimed two more lives yesterday, taking the total so far this year to 70.

In Tipperary, a man in his 20s died when the 4x4 vehicle he was travelling in ploughed into a ditch.

Two other young men in the vehicle were injured in the 5.30am accident on the R661 Dundrum-Thurles road.

The man who died was named locally as Sean Breen (24), from Annacarty.

Mr Breen was well-known in the area, having played GAA with Eire Og Annacarty. He was manager at Jacko Breen Agri, a silage contracting company.

It is believed he was travelling home from a 21st birthday party in Drombane when the accident happened.

Eire Og Annacarty chairman Vinny Ryan said the club was in deep shock.

"Sean was such a popular, enthusiastic young man who never had a bad word to say about anyone," he said.

"Everyone is just devastated by his tragic death, and we're all still trying to come to terms with our loss."

Gardai said the vehicle appeared to have spun out of control about 1km from the village of Dundrum, left the road and ploughed into a ditch.

Barely two-and-a-half hours later, a male cyclist in his 40s died when he was involved in a collision with a car in Beaufort, outside Killarney, Co Kerry.


The accident, shortly after 8am, was on a stretch of road used by cyclists on their way to the Gap of Dunloe, which is popular with cyclists training for endurance events.

The victim - named locally as Polish national Mariusz Kryszak (45) - was attended by paramedics but pronounced dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, a woman in her 70s is in a serious condition after her car crashed into a wall in north Dublin yesterday.

She was taken to Beaumont Hospital after the accident in Windgate Road, Howth.

Yesterday's road deaths follow six last week.

On Monday evening, Vincent Rossi (30) and son Sully (5) were killed when their car was involved in a collision with an articulated lorry outside Tulla- more, Co Offaly.

On Thursday, three elderly women died in a two-car crash in Limerick. They were Mary Noonan (78), the sister of former finance minister Michael Noonan, Mary Bradley (77) and Mary Costello (73).

Mary Griffin (70), a passenger in Ms Noonan's car, was the only survivor.

On Friday, pedestrian Gerard Whyte (21) was killed on the Swords road at the Collins Avenue junction.

The number of people killed on Ireland's roads in the first five months of the year has now reached 70 - 11 more than in the same period last year.

A total of 14 lost their lives on Irish roads last month alone.

The funerals of Ms Noonan, Ms Bradley and Ms Costello are expected to take place in the next few days.

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