Saturday 18 January 2020

Crashes claim lives of three motorcyclists

Michael McHale and Olivia Kelleher

Three male motorcyclists were killed in separate crashes on roads both sides of the Border over the weekend.

Thirty-year-old Mark Dempsey lost his life when the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a wall on a minor road near the village of Shanagolden, Co Limerick at 6pm yesterday. No one else was involved.

The victim, from Croom, was rushed to Limerick General Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Last night locals in his home town were in shock at the loss of a man they called "Croom through and through".

Mr Dempsey was a self-employed plasterer and lived in the area with his parents and siblings all his life.

"He was a lovely lad who just did his own thing," local Fine Gael councillor Richard Butler said. "It's just so sad to think of someone with a great future ahead of him have his life taken away so soon."

Earlier in Wicklow, a 23-year-old man lost his life when he failed to navigate around a bend and crashed into a signpost.

The victim was living in Dublin but was understood to be from an area along the Roscommon-Westmeath border. He hit a road sign for the nearby Knockananna village, beside a telegraph pole on the R747 between Tinahely and Hacketstown.

A garda driving on patrol at the time found him at the scene within seconds. An ambulance rushed him to Naas General Hospital, but the man died within minutes of arriving.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to both accidents as forensic examinations are carried out.

In the North a 41-year-old man lost his life when his motorcycle crashed into two cars yesterday afternoon.

The collision happened on the Crumlin road in Belfast at around 1pm. There were three people in the cars but they were not seriously injured.

Meanwhile, a male motorist in his 70s had a lucky escape yesterday after his car went off a pier and plunged into the sea.

The car went into the sea at Castletownshend outside Skibbereen in west Cork shortly after noon.

The man, who is from Cork city, was treated at the scene for shock and minor injuries.

Irish Independent

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