Leaving Cert pupil killed in car crash
A teenage girl due to sit her Leaving Cert in June was one of four people killed in a series of crashes on St Patrick's Day and Friday.
In the latest incident, a 38-year-old man died on the M7 at Clonkeen, Portlaoise, last Friday afternoon when his car collided with the centre barrier of the motorway. He has not yet been named.
Earlier, as the country celebrated St Patrick's Day, two separate road crashes claimed three lives including that of student Ruth Gorey, 18, who will be laid to rest today.
She died when the seven-seater Landcruiser she was driving overturned after hitting a ditch on the old Dublin to Cork road, north of Mitchelstown, at 6.50pm.
She was returning with friends and family from the Mitchelstown parade and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Six other occupants of the car, four females and two males, all in their late teens, including her 15-year-old brother Andrew, were taken to Cork University Hospital.
Villagers in Kilbehenny, Co Limerick, were devastated at her death and local priest Fr Richard Kelly said the village was in a state of trauma.
In another tragedy, a mother of one and a teenage boy were killed in a two-car collision on St Patrick's night.
Aoife Callanan, 25, from Ballincollig, Cork, who was driving a Toyota Corolla, died in the collision along with John Joe Galvin, 17, from Ballymitty, Co Wexford, who was driving a Golf.
The passenger in the Golf, Nicholas Ely, 23, from Clonmines, Co Wexford, survived the impact but is in a critical condition at Cork University Hospital.