A mother and daughter who drowned after a freak road accident as they went to do Christmas shopping are to be buried together.
Geraldine (58) and Louise (22) Clancy both drowned when their car collided with another vehicle and spun off the road, through a ditch and into a flooded field.
Their Ford Focus went nose-first into a flooded ditch and then flipped over on to its roof.
The field, adjacent to the River Blackwater, was flooded to a depth of 120cm (4ft) in places due to the river breaking its banks and the recent torrential rainfall.
The accident occurred less than 1km from their home – and local farmer Noel Clancy arrived at the scene with his tractor to help only to discover that the tragedy involved his own wife and daughter.
Both women drowned when they were unable to escape the vehicle.
Geraldine and Louise had only left home to go Christmas shopping minutes earlier.
Gardai have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the accident on the Kilworth-Ballyduff road in north Cork to contact them.
Louise had only flown back to Cork from Brighton last weekend to spend Christmas with her family.
Louise defied her learning disability, understood to be Asperger syndrome, to successfully study at Loreto secondary school in Fermoy before moving on to University College Cork (UCC) and the University of Sussex in Britain.
A special tribute was paid yesterday to Louise by her college.
“UCC was deeply saddened to learn of the death of its student, Louise Clancy, and her mother, Geraldine, who died in the tragic car accident in Kilworth, near Fermoy in Cork, yesterday,” a college spokesperson said.
“UCC wishes to extend its sincere sympathy to Louise’s family and friends.
“The university flag will fly at half-mast in the main quadrangle as a mark of respect.”
Both mother and daughter will remain in repose at Ronayne’s funeral home in Fermoy from 7pm tonight with rosary scheduled for 9pm.
Their reception to St Martin’s Church in Kilworth will take place at noon on St Stephen’s Day.
They will be buried together in St Michael’s Cemetery in Ballyduff, Co Waterford.