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Thursday 22 June 2017

Four lose lives in another weekend of road carnage

Louise Hogan and Pat Flynn

FOUR people have died after four separate accidents over the weekend, including two motorcyclists.

In Cork, a motorcyclist in his forties was killed when his bike collided with a car outside Skibbereen yesterday.

Gardai said the accident happened at 5pm just outside the town at Mohonagh on the road to Ballydehob. The man died at the scene. The male driver of the car was injured.

Elsewhere, a second motorcyclist who died after a road crash is to be buried alongside his sister who was tragically killed just two miles away on the same stretch of road 14 years ago.

Micheal O'Reilly (31) died in hospital on Saturday night after a collision on the road from Ballinagh to Cavan town. His 21-year-old sister Jacinta died in April 1998 after a car in which she was a back-seat passenger was involved in a collision.

Gardai were last night trying to piece together what happened in the moments leading up to the collision at around 8.25pm on Saturday at Creighan, on the outskirts of Cavan town.

Two motorbikes were involved in the crash and both were believed to have been travelling in the same direction when the collision occurred. Mr O'Reilly, from Ballinagh, was rushed to Cavan General Hospital where he later died. The second man, who was in his late 20s, was treated and discharged.

An aunt of Mr O'Reilly said the family had been left devastated by his death, and that he would be laid to rest on Wednesday alongside his sister.

Pastime

"He was best friends with his sister. He never got over her death," his aunt said, adding that his motorbike was only a pastime in recent years.

"He worked all day on Saturday with his father from 7am until yesterday evening," his aunt said. "He was on his way into Cavan to get his tyre fixed.

Mr O'Reilly, who was a qualified plumber and welder in the family's O'Reilly Mechanical Services, is mourned by his father Seamus, mother Eilish, five brothers, a sister and extended family.

Gardai have appealed for any witnesses to contact them at 049 4368800.

They are also looking for witnesses to a single car crash in which 82-year-old Beatrice Toolin died close to her home at Mockmoyne, just outside Boyle, Co Roscommon. Ms Toolin was alone in the car when she crashed at around 10.20am on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man killed in a single car crash in Co Clare shortly before 8pm on Friday was also the driver in a collision 10 years ago in which another man died.

Michael Maloney Jnr, from Kildysart, Co Clare, died in hospital hours after the car he had borrowed from another man smashed into a wall at Clooney, around 8km from Ennis.

Mr Maloney's cousin and front-seat passenger, Wayne Fitzgerald (23), from Newmarket on Fergus, Co Clare, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Irish Independent

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