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Thursday 23 March 2017

Young cyclist out training for triathlon is killed in crash

Majella O'Sullivan, Pat Flynn and Louise Hogan

Shane Courtney: tragedy
Shane Courtney: tragedy
The scene of Saturday's crash in Co Clare which left two teenagers injured

A SPORTS-mad young student was out training for a triathlon when he tragically died in a road crash.

Shane Courtney (19), from Faha, near Killarney in Co Kerry, was cycling ahead of an upcoming competition when he was fatally injured after being struck by a car at Fossa. The University of Limerick student engineer was described yesterday as "a lovely, quiet lad" who enjoyed life.

He was the oldest in a family of three and is survived by his parents John Joe and Kathleen, his sister Norma and brother Kevin. Killarney gardai have appealed for witnesses to the crash which occurred at 9.15pm on Friday on the road to Killorglin at Fossa.

Meanwhile, two teenagers had a lucky escape on Saturday night when their van lost control, struck a stone wall and flipped over.

The accident happened at around 7.30pm near Scarriff, Co Clare, on the R461 Feakle Road. The red Citroen Berlingo van smashed into the edge of a wall, before landing on its side on the road.

The 16-year-old passenger managed to free himself while the 19-year-old driver remained trapped inside, before he was removed by fire crews.

The teenagers, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, were taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital.

Irish Independent

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