Sunday 26 March 2017

Tributes for elderly couple who lost lives in head-on collision

Con and Mary McCarthy died in a head-on collision shortly before 6pm on Tuesday evening Photo: PA
Con and Mary McCarthy died in a head-on collision shortly before 6pm on Tuesday evening Photo: PA
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Tributes have been paid to an elderly husband and wife who died in a horrific head-on collision.

Buttevant GAA and Buttevant Community Association hailed Con and Mary McCarthy, both 76, as a couple who were utterly devoted to each other, their family and their locality.

Both died in a head-on collision shortly before 6pm on Tuesday evening which forced the closure of the N20 Cork-Limerick road at Buttevant.

Buttevant community activist Liam Ware said the area was "deeply shocked" by the double tragedy.

"Con and Mary were such a lovely couple," he told the Irish Independent.

"Con was a staunch Fine Gael supporter and was very involved in all aspects of the party organisation.

"When it came to sport and politics, when Con spoke, everyone stopped to listen."

Mr McCarthy, who was also involved in the IFA, was originally from west Cork while his wife Mary was from the west of Ireland.

She had worked as a nurse.

Denis Curtin and Sean Guinane of Buttevant GAA extended the club's sympathy to the entire McCarthy family.

"Con was a great club man and served for a time as vice-president of Buttevant GAA," Denis said.

Former Mayor of Cork County Tom Sheahan said the community was still reeling from the tragedy.

"Con was such a great community man," he said.

Irish Independent

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