A TALENTED young footballer has been killed in a three vehicle crash on the N5.
She has been named locally as Tara Ryan (21) from Johnstown, Swinford, a popular member of the local GAA club. She was also a talented athlete. Ms Ryan was driving a car shortly after 1pm when the accident, which also involved a truck and a minibus, occurred. She was unaccompanied at the time.
Ms Ryan (pictured) was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the minibus was brought to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar for treatment.
The main N5 Westport to Dublin road was closed until late last night following the collision as gardai carried out a forensic examination of the scene.
Ms Ryan was due to be named as a player on her club's "team of the decade" tonight.
Brian McLoughlin, chairman of Swinford GAA, paid tribute to the young woman and said she was one of the greatest players the club had ever had. "She was a great footballer and always great craic, she will be very greatly missed," he said.
Mr McLoughlin said that Ms Ryan had captained the minor team and had played at the club for years.
Gardai at Swinford have appealed for witnesses to call (094) 92 51115 with any information.
Meanwhile, gardai are also looking for witnesses to a fatal crash that happened in Co Kildare on Thursday. The incident occurred on the M4 east bound near Broadford, Kinnegad, at around 9.50pm.
Witnesses to the collision have been asked to contact Lexlip garda station on 01-6667800, the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.