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Thursday 23 October 2014

Haulage firm pleads guilty over fatal crash

VICTIMS INCLUDED WIFE OF KILKENNY HURLING STAR

Published 25/12/2012 | 14:37

NEW ROSS haulage company Nolan Transport has entered a plea of guilty to criminal charges brought in connection with the deaths in County Kilkenny of two women, including the wife of former hurling goalkeeper James McGarry.

Patricia Nolan, a director of the company that has its headquarters at Oaklands, New Ross, was in Wexford Circuit Court on Tuesday to enter the plea before Judge Pauline Codd. A load of heavy steel coils had not been properly secured on a lorry on July 19, 2007, and the load shifted near Thomastown on that date, causing the deaths of Vanessa McGarry and Mary Lonergan along with injuries to James Furlong, Louise Lonergan and Gerard Corcoran.

On the application of counsel involved in the case, it was agreed that the matter be a journed to January 15 next for mention, with a view to setting a date for hearing.

At the time of the tragedy, Vanessa McGarry had been married to Kilkenny's All-Ireland winning goalkeeper James McGarry for just six months. She was just 31 years old.

In March 2009, 32-yearold driver Rafal Luszacki, who lived in New Ross, was fined €1500 and disqualified from driving for three years for his part in the accident. He had been working for Nolan Transport for only nine days before the tragedy struck.

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