Thursday 19 October 2017

Young woman dies after early-morning car crash that also killed her close friend

Orla O'Malley has died after a road accident in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo
Orla O'Malley has died after a road accident in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo

Kathy Armstrong

A young woman has died two days after a car accident in which her close friend was killed.

Orla O'Malley passed away on Monday night at Mayo General Hospital.

Ms O'Malley, who was from Cross in Co Mayo, had attended the Comortas Peile Na Gaeltachta GAA event with friends.

Ms O'Malley was a passenger in the car that crashed at 4am on Sunday morning at Churchfield in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo.

Her friend Sean Halloran (20), from Clonbur in Co Galway, also died in the accident.

The driver of the car, in his 20s, is being treated in hospital for his injuries.

Sean Halloran who died following road collision in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo.
Sean Halloran who died following road collision in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo.

Micheál Ó Fhlaínn of Tourmakeady GAA expressed his grief following the tragedy on Sunday morning.

"Everyone here at the Comortas Peile Na Gaeltachta event is saddened by the news.

"The flags are flying at half mast here, and there will be a minute's silence before each game," he said at the time.

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Gardaí are investigating an accident that occurred at Tourmakeady, Co Mayo, at 4am yesterday in which Sean Halloran died and Orla O’Malley and the driver were seriously injured. Picture: Paul Mealey
Gardaí are investigating an accident that occurred at Tourmakeady, Co Mayo, at 4am yesterday in which Sean Halloran died and Orla O’Malley and the driver were seriously injured. Picture: Paul Mealey

In total seven people died on our roads in six separate incidents in Meath, Wicklow, Mayo, Louth, Roscommon, and Fermanagh.

As the long weekend came to an end, a male driver (30s) was killed in a collision between his car and an articulated truck in the early hours of this morning.

The incident happened at approximately 1.30am at the M1, northbound, between Junction 13 Dunleer and Junction 14 Ardee in Co Louth.

Emergency services were called to the scene and the sole occupant of the car was brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The male driver of the truck (mid 60s) was uninjured.

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