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Monday 18 December 2017

Two killed and six in hospital after 48 hours of carnage on our roads

Evan Brennan, who died in a crash in Co Meath
Evan Brennan, who died in a crash in Co Meath

Two people have been killed and six more hospitalised in a tragic 48 hours on our roads this weekend.

On Friday evening, Evan Brennan (17) was killed when the car he was driving hit a fence in Ballivor, Co Meath.

Tributes have been paid to the tragic teenager, who was described as a lovely young man and an avid GAA player.

Colliding

Mr Brennan was from the Summerhill area of Co Meath and local Fine Gael councillor Joe Fox said he was "a lovely person from a lovely family".

Yesterday, a male cyclist in his 30s was killed after colliding with a 4x4 in Cork.

The incident happened on the Ballincollig bypass at around 12.25pm. Emergency services were called but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fatalities bring to 57 the number of people who have died on Irish roads this year.

Separately, six friends were hospitalised in a serious road traffic collision in Co Cavan yesterday morning.

The injured - all aged between 19 and 21 - were travelling in a black Volkswagen saloon car along the Claddagh Road, near Mullagh village, when their vehicle went into a ditch.

Last night, Pete Rodgers, Cormac Murphy and first cousins Edward and Mark O'Brien were still being treated at hospitals in the capital.

Mr Rodgers is understood to be in a critical condition in the Mater Hospital after suffering serious neck injuries.

Their friends Shauna Daly, from Kells, Co meath and Noel Lynch, from Kingscourt, Co Cavan were treated at Cavan General Hospital.

Serious

Edward and Mark O'Brien, as well as Mr Murphy, were transferred to James Connolly Memorial Hospital, where their conditions are described as serious but stable.

Three of the young men played for their local GAA team in Moynalty, Co Meath, and are described by locals as very close and very popular young men.

Mr Rodgers plays for the team's senior side, while Mark O'Brien is currently on the club's U-19 panel.

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