A MAN and woman in their 20s died when the car they were driving was involved in a horrific crash with a lorry on the Ring of Kerry.
It means three people have lost their lives on Irish roads since Sunday evening, after another serious crash in Co Kildare.
Yesterday's crash happened near Barry's Cross on the main Ballinskelligs Road outside Cahersiveen at approximately 12.25pm.
It is understood the car had exited a by-road at Cloon before colliding with the lorry, which was travelling on the main road.
The occupants of the car, who are thought to have been visiting the area, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Their remains were removed by ambulance to Kerry General Hospital for post-mortem examinations.
Both car and lorry ended up in a ditch. A digger had to be used to lift the truck off the car.
The driver of the lorry was treated for shock.
The stretch of road where the accident occurred remained sealed off last night for an investigation.
Gardai have appealed for witnesses to contact Cahersiveen garda station on 066 9473600 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line at 1800 666 111, or any garda station.
Scene of the crash in Kerry
Earlier, a 20-year-old man died and two of his friends were seriously injured after the car they were travelling in struck a tree.
The victim was named locally as Patrick Evans (20), from St Dominic's Park, in Newbridge, Co Kildare.
Mr Evans was a backseat passenger in the car when the vehicle struck a tree on the Newbridge to Milltown Road at Hawkfield, Newbridge, at approximately 7pm on Sunday.
The driver and a front-seat passenger, both men in their early 20s, were seriously injured but their condition is not believed to be life-threatening.
They were rushed to the Naas General Hospital.
Mr Evans died of his injuries on Sunday night.
Last night, Mr Evans's former principal at Lucan Community College paid tribute to the young man, who graduated from the Leaving Cert Applied programme in 2011.
"He was a lovely, quiet and respectful student," principal Diane Birnie told the Irish Independent.
"All of the teachers have been remembering him today," she said. "He got on very well with everyone and he left with very good results," she said of his graduation two years ago.
Gardai at Newbridge are continuing to investigate the incident.
By Majella O'Sullivan and Allison Bray