TWO people have died and three young people have been critically injured in road accidents over the weekend.
Joe Scanlon (29), from Granagh, Co Limerick, suffered fatal injuries when his car left the road and hit a wall at Doolrus on the road between Croom and Granagh at around 3.30am on Saturday morning.
Mr Scanlon, who was the sole occupant of the car, was taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick where he died.
A prominent sports promoter, Mr Scanlon was assistant manager of a local U16 soccer squad, having managed them at U14 level.
Secretary of Granagh United Football Club, Kevin Clifford, said local people were "absolutely numb" after the loss of a man who gave so much to his community.
Elsewhere, a man died and three young people were critically injured in accidents that occurred within minutes of each other yesterday.
A 42-year-old man, the driver and sole occupant of a car, was pronounced dead after his vehicle went out of control and crashed into a ditch at Slaney Quarter, Co Carlow on the Tullow to Castledermot road shortly before 4pm .
Local priest, Fr Andy Leahy, told the Irish Independent that he was called to the scene shortly after 6pm to read the last rites to the dead man.
"I was there with him for a while and gave a little blessing. He died on impact. The conditions weren't great. It was getting dark and quite foggy so the road may have been quite slippery," he said.
The road was was temporarily closed for forensic examination of the scene.
Three young people were said to be in a critical condition following a three-car pile-up on the Kilkelly to Knock road, Co Mayo, at about 3.45pm.
One car was being driven by a woman in her 60s and a second car was being driving by a man in his 70s. Both their injuries were described as non life-threatening.
In the third car there were two men in their 20s and a 16-year old girl. All three were seriously injured and they are being treated in Castlebar General Hospital.
The road has been closed to facilitate a forensic examin-ation, and diversions are in place.