Wednesday 28 September 2016

Three killed in weekend of carnage on our roads

Sam Griffin

Published 19/10/2015 | 02:30

Gardai have launched separate investigations following three road deaths over the weekend in Dublin, Donegal and Offaly
Gardai have launched separate investigations following three road deaths over the weekend in Dublin, Donegal and Offaly

Gardaí have launched separate investigations following three road deaths over the weekend in Dublin, Donegal and Offaly.

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A 23-year-old man was killed when the jeep he was driving left the road in the townland of Clonlee near Kinnitty in Co Offaly.

He was named locally as Jonathan Egan from Tinnahinch, Rosenallis, Co Laois - around 22km from the scene of the tragic accident.

Mr Egan died when his vehicle left the road. The incident occurred at around 2.30am and it is understood the victim was travelling home after meeting with friends.

His body was removed to Tullamore Regional Hospital where a post mortem was scheduled.

Investigating officers in Birr have appealed for information.

Locals in Rosenallis who knew Mr Egan said he was passionate about hunting in his spare time.

In a notice online, his family said his death was "deeply regretted by his loving parents Sean and Anne, sisters Catriona and Sarah, his girlfriend Ciara, godchild Harrison" and extended family.

In Donegal, a cyclist from Derry died when he collided with a van. The incident occurred at Moneydarragh in Gleneely, on the Redcastle to Gleneely road at about 9.15am on Saturday.

The man was named locally as Adrian Mullan (42).

Another cyclist also sustained injuries in the incident and is understood to have suffered a broken arm.

He was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital.

The road was closed for a time to allow for a forensic examination and gardaí have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Crossing

On Friday, a grandmother lost her life when she was struck by a car while crossing the road near her home in Killester in north Dublin.

She has been named as Patricia Dunne, who lived nearby with her husband John.

The incident occurred on the Howth Road near the junction with Collins Avenue at around 12.30pm on Friday afternoon.

It is understood Mrs Dunne was crossing the road, which was described as "treacherous", when she was struck by a car.

Her family said she would be sadly missed by her loving husband, sons, sisters, brother and grandchildren.

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