'A shadow has been cast' - Community in shock after Denise (26) killed crossing road to be collected
A YOUNG woman killed after being struck by a car while crossing a road had dedicated her life to helping others, a local priest has said.
It is understood Denise Crowley was making her way to a meeting point where she was due to be collected as she made her way home from college.
The 26-year-old student was struck by a car in Killarney, Co Kerry at 7.15pm on Friday, after she had disembarked from a bus.
The area where the incident occurred - on the N22 at Glenfisk village - is considered "a serious danger spot".
The 100km road has been the subject of an ongoing campaign to reduce the speed limit to 60km after a string of collisions, including a recent fatality.
The UCC computer science student, named after her father, Denis, was on her way home to the village of Rathmore, Co Kerry, when she was killed. Her mother Grace was due to collect here.
Ms Crowley, a former Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra pupil, had been a teenage member of the Social Action Group in Rathmore - where she devoted her spare time to visiting the elderly in her community.
And she went on to offer assistance to young people in her community and beyond as a woman with a skill for computing.
Sources said Ms Crowley died as she was crossing the road which subject to an ongoing campaign to reduce the 100 kph speed limit.
The driver of the car was uninjured.
Parish priest for Rathmore Fr George Hayes, told Independent.ie that the community lay in “shock and a shadow has been cast over us all.”
“Denise’s mother said she was wonderful child, who never caused her a bother,” Fr Hayes said.
“Her dad doted on her, they used to go fishing together. Denise was regarded as a very kind girl who tried to help young people along in their lives and she had also helped older people in the community too.
“She worked part-time in Killarney to support herself in her studies and she was very close to her mum and dad. She was their only daughter. This is a very sad day.”
Ms Crowley's former principal Jeremiah O'Donoghue, paid tribute to the young woman, saying: “She was a fantastic student in school, she was extremely intelligent, cooperative, very kind and generous.
“And that was shown by her involvement with the local Social Action Group of which she was a very dedicated member.
“The group cares for older people living alone and Denise threw herself heart and soul into that. She was a very unassuming girl who worked very hard and cared about her community.
“You couldn’t say a bad word about Denise. This is a huge loss to our community.”
Niall Kelleher, Fianna Fail councillor, for Killarney and Castleisland, said he’d been attending a Christmas lights switch on, when he heard the “very sad news.”
“I’m very sorry to hear of this young woman’s death,” he said. “I want to offer my condolences to her family. It’s a very dangerous road and as politicians we have highlighted that a number of times and we’ve asked for a reduction of the speed limit there. This is an absolute tragedy.
“It's a very depressing day for our community, which is normally a vibrant place.”
Ms Crowley was a third year mature student at UCC, where she’d also been a member of the university’s prestigious networking, technology and gaming society, Netsoc. That group has worked on cyber security issues and has collaborated with Google.
"Staff and students at University College Cork were deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of student Denise Crowley in Glenflesk on Friday evening. The University community offers its condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time," a UCC spokeswoman said.
She is survived by her parents and brother, Shane.
Anyone with information on the collision is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on: 064 667 1160 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.