A WOMAN was on holidays in Africa when she learned that both her mother and sister had died and her two children were injured in a horrific road crash back home in Ireland.
Shauna Bradley and her farmer husband Norman, from Fenagh, Co Carlow, flew back to Ireland yesterday following the terrible crash, which claimed the lives of Shauna's mother, Rosemary Bradley and her sister, Corinne Bradley Von Bonde.
The crash happened at Rathwade Cross near Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, at around 3.30pm on Saturday.
Rosemary and Corinne died at the scene while the two children were rushed to St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny by ambulance. The children's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
It is understood that the family were on an outing when their silver Mercedes was in a collision with a minivan that was being driven by Martin Duffy, principal of Nurney National School. Mr Duffy and his wife were also taken to St Luke's, where they were treated for their injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening. Rosemary (77) had been living in Fenagh for a number of years while Corinne (51) lived in Cape Town but was a regular visitor to Ireland.
Mr Bradley is a well-known farmer in the area. He had been enjoying a holiday with Shauna in her native South Africa when they learned of the tragedy.
Meanwhile, tearful teenagers have paid a poignant funeral tribute to a friend who was killed in a road accident last week.
Fifteen-year-old Leah Ni Chualain O Finneadha, from Clynagh, Carraroe, was killed on May 1 when she was struck by a car while walking in Rossaveal, Connemara.
At her funeral Mass yesterday, her school friends from Colaiste Colmcille in Inverin formed a guard of honour outside Seipeal Muire Gan Smal in Tir an Fhia.
Leah is survived by her father, Liam, his partner Noirin and their extended families.