Family dealt further blow ahead of burying young mum killed in crash
The funeral of the young mother who died following a road crash in Co Meath will take place this morning.
Mother-of-three Emma O'Keeffe of Coghalstown, Wilkinstown, Navan, Co Meath, died on Friday following a traffic collision near her home between Nobber and Kingscourt.
The car she was driving was in a collision with a lorry on Thursday afternoon.
Two of her sons were in the car and they were taken to hospital.
One of her sons, who was seriously injured, had surgery at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, on Saturday.
"He is battling bravely and we are all praying for him at the moment. From what we are told the next 48 hours are crucial," said a family friend.
Mrs O'Keeffe (26), originally from Kilmainham in Dublin, lived in Kells and in Nobber in Co Meath before she and her husband Robin settled in Wilkinstown.
Emma and Robin were married two-and-a-half years ago, while the couple's three young children are Daniel, Adam and Logan.
The young mother's funeral takes place today at 11am in Saint John the Baptist Church in Kilberry, Co Meath, followed by burial in the local cemetery.
The distraught family was dealt a further blow on Saturday night when her mother-in-law, Eileen O'Keeffe, collapsed with a suspected heart attack in the family home at Caulstown, Wilkinstown.
A family friend said: "Eileen, who is in her 50s, collapsed at the wake in the house.
"She was taken to Our Lady's Hospital in Navan, where she was treated for a suspected heart attack, and has been kept in for observation.
"We are not sure if she will be released for the funeral.
"The medics seemed to think it was the stress of the whole situation that has unfolded since the crash that caused her collapse."
Emma is also survived by her parents, Mary and Patsy Smith, her brother Peter and sisters Donna and Kelly and her grandfather Eugene Smith, and father-in-law John O'Keeffe.
Following the road crash on Thursday, shortly after 1pm, four garda units and four fire units and a helicopter attended the scene.
Emma was rushed to the intensive care unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda after being removed from the car.
She was pronounced dead less than 24 hours later.
James Minnock, principal at Scoil Naomh Barra, Wilkinstown, said on Friday the whole school was praying for all the family.
Meanwhile, a woman was killed when struck by a car in Co Kilkenny last night.
The woman, a 50-year-old mother-of-four, was killed on Green Street in Callan when she was involved in a collision with the car.
The woman, who was a pedestrian, died at the scene.
The driver of the car, a woman in her 20s, was not injured in the collision.
Gardaí said the accident happened about 6pm and they have appealed for witnesses to contact them.
The road was closed to facilitate a forensic examination of the crash scene and was not expected to reopen until today.
A local man said last night the woman may have tripped and fallen shortly before being involved in the collision with the passing car.
"The fire brigade went to the scene and an ambulance arrived shortly afterwards.
"Efforts were made to revive her but she died.
"Her husband arrived on the scene as they were treating her," he said.
Anyone who was in the area of Green Street, Callan, at around 6pm is asked to contact Kilkenny garda station on 056 7775000.