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Friday 30 September 2016

Tragic crash mum and daughter to be buried together

Published 24/12/2015 | 02:30

Gardaí on the Kilworth to Ballyduff Road, Co Cork, near the scene of the road traffic collision that killed Geraldine Clancy and her daughter Louise (inset above). Photo: Daragh McSweeney/Provision
Gardaí on the Kilworth to Ballyduff Road, Co Cork, near the scene of the road traffic collision that killed Geraldine Clancy and her daughter Louise (inset above). Photo: Daragh McSweeney/Provision
Tragic Louise Clancy, who died with her mother Geraldine in a freak accident close to their home
Tragic Geraldine Clancy, who died with her daughter Louise in a freak accident close to their home

A mother and daughter who drowned after a freak road accident as they went to do their Christmas shopping will be buried together.

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Geraldine (58) and Louise (22) Clancy both drowned when their car collided with another vehicle and spun off the road, through a ditch and into a flooded field.

Their Ford Focus car went nose-first into a flooded ditch and then flipped over onto its roof.

Both women died despite desperate efforts by other motorists and neighbours to help them.

The field, adjacent to the River Blackwater, was flooded to a depth of 120cms (4ft) in places due to the river breaking its banks and the recent torrential rainfall.

Both women drowned when they were unable to escape from the vehicle.

The accident occurred less than one kilometre from their home on the Kilworth-Ballyduff road, in north Cork on Tuesday.

Local farmer Noel Clancy arrived at the scene with his tractor to help only to discover the tragedy involved his own wife and daughter.

Geraldine and Louise had only left home to go Christmas shopping in nearby Fermoy a few minutes earlier.

Louise had defied her learning disability, understood to be Asperger Syndrome, to successfully study at Loreto Secondary School in Fermoy before going to University College Cork (UCC).

She had recently started a course in the University of Sussex in the UK, where she was studying English literature.

Louise had only flown back to Cork from Brighton last weekend to spend Christmas with her family.

A keen science fiction fan, she was a member of UCC's journalism society and had written multiple blogs about films, including her favourite, the 'Star Wars' series.

She had watched 'Star Wars - The Force Awakens' a few days ago. A special tribute was paid yesterday to Louise by her college.

"UCC wishes to extend its sincere sympathy to Louise's family and friends," a college spokesperson said.

Both mother and daughter will remain in repose at Ronayne's funeral home in Fermoy from 7pm tonight, with Rosary scheduled for 9pm. Their removal to St Martin's Church in Kilworth will take place for 12 noon Requiem Mass on Saturday.

Mother and daughter will be buried together in St Michael's Cemetery in Ballyduff, Co Waterford.

Separately, a man in his early 20s died in Co Meath, after the car in which he was a passenger left the road in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The single-vehicle collision occurred at Cornelstown just before 3am.

Gardaí are also investigating a serious collision on the Wexford to Duncannon Road between a truck and a car.

Three men travelling in the car were seriously injured and taken to Wexford General Hospital.

Meanwhile, a woman has died following a house fire in Co Tipperary. The 67-year-old was discovered at a house in Kilregane, Lorrha at around 2.30pm yesterday.

Irish Independent

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