Communities mourn as 'loved' teacher (29), baby and elderly man killed in road crashes
A community is in mourning after a school teacher died in an early morning car crash.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following the single- vehicle fatal crash at about 1.40am yesterday on the R163 at Headfort, Kells, Co Meath.
The driver, named locally as Craig Lynch (29), was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
It is understood that the car he was driving left the road and hit a wall. He was the only person in the vehicle.
A source told the Irish Independent that Mr Lynch was a "much-loved" science teacher at Eureka Secondary School in Kells.
Mr Lynch was also a member of Shercock Athletics Club. The club last night described him as "one of our most talented athletes" and offered their sympathies to his parents, brothers, sisters, daughter and fiancée.
Mervin Dickson, a coach for Shercock Athletics Club, whose wife is a close relative of Mr Lynch, said everyone is devastated following the tragic accident.
"The family is heartbroken," he told the Irish Independent last night. "It's a big shock for everyone. He was one of the best athletes we ever had."
Local councillor Sarah Reilly said: "The whole community is just in shock and my thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very sad time."
Meanwhile, a Limerick community is mourning the death of a baby boy and praying for the recovery of his mother after a fatal collision in Co Limerick on Friday.
The infant and his mother, who sustained serious head injuries in the two-car collision, have been named locally as Dion and Danielle Ryan.
Ms Ryan, aged in her early 20s, is understood to be originally from Caherconlish but living in Kilteely, Co Limerick.
Her car was near the village of Cappamore when it was in a collision with another car at the Four Cross Roads shortly after 2pm.
The female driver of the other vehicle was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick as a precaution.
Dion was airlifted to University Hospital Limerick where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
Cappamore-based Fianna Fáil councillor Martin Ryan said the local community was in "total shock".
"It has struck the heart of everyone here. You have a little baby losing their life, it's very tragic," Mr Ryan said. "We are saying prayers for everyone involved and their families."
A 77-year-old pensioner also died on Friday in Co Galway. He was named locally as Tommy Farrell.
Mr Farrell was involved in a two-vehicle collision on the N63 at Rooaunmore at around 5pm on Friday.
Nobody else was injured during the incident.
Mr Farrell was living in Rooaunmore but was originally from Edenderry in Co Offaly. He is survived by his three daughters and two sons, as well as extended family.