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Village comforts family as popular couple die in crash

Edel O'Connell, Shane Hickey and Conor Kane

Published 26/08/2011 | 05:00

A grieving family was being comforted by neighbours last night after the deaths of a couple in a car crash which also seriously injured their daughter.

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The tight-knit community of Barnane, outside Templemore in Co Tipperary, was plunged into mourning by the deaths of well-known couple, Tom Kenneally and his wife Angela (61) in the two-car collision.

Mr Kenneally, a farmer, and his wife, a retired schoolteacher, suffered fatal injuries when they were involved in a head-on collision about four miles from Kilkenny city on Wednesday night.

The crash occurred when the pair were travelling back from Kilkenny at about 6.45pm.

It is understood Mr Kenneally had recently suffered a heart attack and had been attending a routine hospital appointment in Kilkenny.

Mr Kenneally died at the scene while his seriously injured wife was pronounced dead at St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny a short time later.

Operations

Their daughter Emma is understood to have suffered two broken legs and a broken hip. She is undergoing a series of operations.

Two people who were in a second car involved in the crash were also brought to St Luke's Hospital.

It is understood their injuries are not life-threatening.

Tommy Kenneally was born in Barnane and was well-known around the Templemore area while his wife was a teacher at Drom National School until her retirement within the last year. She taught junior and senior infants for many years.

"There was no Montessori in the area so everyone's small children went straight to Drom National School to be taught by Angela. She was a real lady," said one local man.

The couple's grown-up children were being comforted by neighbours last night as they waited for the bodies to arrive at the family home.

Two of the Kenneallys' daughters have been heavily involved in the local Drom and Inch camogie team since an early age and played for their county on several occasions.

Chairman of the camogie team John Harkin said: "Tommy and Angela were absolutely fantastic people. You just could not find a nicer couple.

"Tom was always at the camogie matches with the girls -- rain, hail or shine he would be on the sidelines cheering them on. Angela raised six children while also working as a teacher and looking after her elderly mother who is absolutely inconsolable since this tragedy," he said.

The bodies will be reposing at their residence until Saturday at 4pm. Removal to St Mary's Church Drom will take place tomorrow at 8pm. The funeral Mass will be held on Sunday at 12pm.

Irish Independent

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