TWO young men were killed in a horror road crash when their car smashed into a wall.
The single-vehicle crash took place at 7.30pm just outside Ferbane, Co Offaly, on the R436 close to Rosfaraghan.
The pair were named locally last night as Alan Kelly (18) from Shannonbridge and Raymond Mulhall (20) from Oughter, near Rahan.
According to gardai the car they were travelling in crashed into the wall and both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr Kelly was said to be a Leaving Certificate student at Gallen Community School.
His parents and three siblings were said to be in total shock last night in the close-knit community of Shannonbridge.
The deaths bring to 29 the number of people killed on Irish roads so far this year.
Gardai closed the road in order that forensic investigators could examine the scene.
Meanwhile, a cyclist killed in a road collision was related to two young children who died in a separate accident last October. Jimmy Gilmore (66), a married father of three from Ballincor, Newbridge, Co Galway, died on Thursday evening after he was struck by a car on the Galway-Roscommon Road.
The death of Mr Gilmore, who is originally from Cortoon near Tuam, is the latest tragedy to beset the family after two-year-old Katie Gilmore and her 12-week-old sister Grace were killed late last year.
Mr Gilmore was a cousin of the grandfather of the two little girls who died when they were involved in a collision with a car while out walking with their father.
The death of the two sisters shocked the north Co Galway region and according to local councillor Michael Connolly, Mr Gilmore's death is another blow to the community.
"It is an awful sad incident. He was out on the N63 on his bicycle and was struck by a car," Mr Connolly said. The Gilmore family are well known in north Co Galway; one relative, TJ Gilmore, is a former All-Star who won six Connacht titles with Galway.
Meanwhile, 51-year-old Joseph Griffin from Masonbrook, Loughrea, Co Galway, was also killed on Thursday when he was knocked down by a car while out walking.
The collision took place at about 9pm in Kylebrack East near Killimor on the Loughrea to Woodford road.
Mr Griffin, a single man, was taken to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, where he was pronounced dead.
Separately, a retired garda was killed in a head-on collision on the Tramore Ring Road in Waterford on Thursday. Thomas Brendan McCann (77) died after a car collided with a van at about 5pm. Originally from Co Westmeath, he had lived in Monvoy, Tramore, for more than 40 years.
Gardai in Mayo are investigating the death of an elderly pedestrian who was hit by a truck on Wednesday. Kate Kelly (80), of Ballyheane, Castlebar, was walking on the N84 when she was hit by the truck in the townland of Aughadrinagh. Weather conditions were poor at the time.
And a taxi driver, Daniel 'Don' Barrett (60), from Ballinorig, Tralee, Co Kerry, who was injured in a crash in the town yesterday, has died in hospital.