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Saturday 16 December 2017

Black weekend on roads as four killed in crashes

The scene where motorcyclist Sean Lenehan died following a crash near Lackagh, Co Galway
The scene where motorcyclist Sean Lenehan died following a crash near Lackagh, Co Galway

Allison Bray, David Raleigh and Tom Shiel

TWO motorcyclists were among four people killed in a spate of road crashes over the weekend.

One motorcyclist, named last night as Alan Murphy (29), from the Old Cork Road in Limerick city, was killed instantly after he collided with a four-wheel drive carrying a horsebox on the main Limerick-to-Tipperary road, the N24, shortly after lunchtime yesterday.

The force of the collision saw the motorcyclist crash through the horsebox, before he was thrown about 20ft into a nearby field near Ballysimon on the outskirts of Limerick city.

His body was removed from the scene at around 4.30pm yesterday and taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick, where a post-mortem was due to be carried out today.

The elderly male driver of the four-wheel drive, who was en route to pick up a horse in a nearby village, was treated for shock but was otherwise uninjured.

Gardai at Roxboro Road garda station in Limerick city last night were appealing for witnesses to the accident.

A motorist was also killed early yesterday when the car he was driving crashed into a stone wall on the Skerries-to-Rush road in north Co Dublin.

The 51-year-old driver, whose name has not been released, was the sole occupant of the car.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

However, it's believed that mist and sea fog in the area on Saturday night may have been a factor.

Earlier on Saturday, another motorcyclist was killed when he collided with a car at Lackagh, Co Galway, on the Galway-to-Tuam Road, at around 4.30pm.

The driver, named locally as Sean Lenehan (43), of Belclare, Tuam, Co Galway, drove an oil tanker for a living.

The father of one was well known in the area and was regarded as a gentleman, according to a local shopkeeper.


"Everyone is shocked," he said. "It seems the good die young."

The driver of the car was uninjured but was treated for shock.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, a young farmer and father of two was waked at his home yesterday after he was killed following a collision on the N5 Dublin-to-Westport road late on Friday night.

Declan Regan (23), from Swinford Road, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, was the sole occupant of a car that collided with another vehicle shortly before 11.30pm near Bohola, Co Mayo.

He was rushed to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar but died of his injuries a short time later.

Mr Regan's heartbroken family, including his parents Denis and Christina Regan, held a traditional wake for him at their home in townland of Corrahoor yesterday.

A large turnout is expected for the popular young man at his funeral today at midday in the Church of the Holy Family in Kiltimagh.

A total of 35 people have been killed on the country's roads to date this year.

Irish Independent

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