TWO men died in separate road collisions yesterday while there were a number of other incidents as the torrential rainfall wreaked havoc on roads across the country.
In Limerick, father-of-six Tom O'Sullivan (63) was killed when his car collided with another on the R523 near his home village of Carrigkerry in Athea.
Mr O'Sullivan's daughter, Liz, said her "horse-mad" dad was on his way to tend his horses "like he did every morning" when the collision occurred.
"My dad was a very, very quiet man but he loved his family. He was a real family man and that was very important to him," she said last night.
"What can I say other than he was the best father in the world? That's all I can say to you."
The 33-year-old driver and sole occupant of the second car received non-serious injuries in the accident and was taken for treatment to Limerick Regional Hospital.
The road was closed off for several hours yesterday as a technical examination of the scene was carried out.
Elsewhere, a man in his 30s, believed to be eastern European, died following a three-vehicle collision in very wet conditions on the N2 at Cornmucklagh, Broomfield, in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, shortly after 11am.
Gardai said road conditions in the area were very hazardous after overnight rain and believed the car the man was travelling in may have collided with a lorry and one other vehicle before smashing into an oncoming van.
Meanwhile, four people were also taken to hospital with what were described as traumatic injuries, following a head-on crash on the Ongar Road in West Dublin early today.
- Sam Griffin