Teen 'sweethearts' among five to die in weekend of road carnage
A couple described as childhood "sweethearts" were two of five people to tragically lose their lives on Irish roads over the weekend.
Meanwhile, a 91-year-old woman pedestrian is in St Vincent's University Hospital with serious head injuries following a collision on the Old Dublin Road, Stillorgan, on Saturday afternoon.
Clare teenagers Gary Kelly (19) and Delia Keary (18) both passed away within a day of each other, after their car was in collision with a truck on Friday night.
The couple were on their way to Kerry for a weekend away.
Mr Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on the N21 road, near Abbeyfeale in Limerick.
Despite a valiant fight for her life, Ms Keary succumbed to her serious injuries and died on Saturday night at Limerick University Hospital.
It is understood that a female garda on the scene remained for five hours past her shift in order to ensure the bodies of the pair could be removed from the car.
Mr Kelly had been training as an apprentice electrician in his hometown of Ennis, Co Clare.
His boss Jerry O'Keeffe told the Herald that he was an exemplary employee, who had a very tight-knit relationship with his family.
He had been in a relationship with Ms Keary for a number of years.
"They were going out for maybe five years - young school sweethearts, I suppose," Mr O'Keeffe said.
"It's very sad, it's shocking.
"He was a very dedicated worker, he was always there on time, every morning.
"It's such a sad, sudden loss of human life."
Mr O'Keeffe added: "His grandmother even rang him on Friday, wishing him a good weekend away, and the whole lot."
Friends of the couple also paid tribute via social media.
"RIP Gary Kelly and Delia Keary so young and so full of life may ye rest in peace forever young," one friend wrote on Facebook.
Meanwhile, a spate of road collisions across the country saw deaths occur in Mayo, Clare and Cork over the weekend.
Tim Lyons (36) from Breaffy, Co Mayo, was pronounced dead at the scene following a crash just outside Newport shortly after 4am on Sunday morning.
Mr Lyons was the only person in the vehicle, which is understood to have left the N59 road in Kilbride and crashed into a fence.
Independent councillor for the area Michael Kilcoyne told the Herald the death of Mr Lyons was "very tragic". He added: "It's a terrible tragedy for his family and all of the people that would have known him.
"I want to extend my deepest sympathies to them all."
Elsewhere, in Cork, emergency services were called to the scene of a single-car crash on the R577 near the village of Kiskeam shortly before 6am yesterday.
A 21-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is understood the car left the road and struck a ditch.
In Clare, a 50-year-old cyclist was killed when he collided with a camper van just off the N18 road between Limerick and Galway.