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Friday 24 January 2020

'Gorgeous girl' Jane just celebrated her 20th birthday week before fatal car crash

Jane Dardis
Jane Dardis
Flowers are left at the scene where Jane Dardis lost her life Picture: Damien Eagers

Conor Feehan and Luke Byrne

THE fatal crash which killed a ‘beautiful and talented’ young Dublin woman happened around 200m from her home.

Jane Dardis (20), from Skerries, north Dublin, was a passenger in a car alongside two of her workmates when the crash occurred.

She worked in the Blue Bar in Skerries alongside the two injured people who were last night recovering in hospital from their injuries.

Jane finished her shift at 10pm and the crash occurred at half-past midnight yesterday morning on the Skerries to Loughshinny Road.

The young woman had only just celebrated her 20th birthday last week and was described as a “gorgeous girl” by her employer.

“Jane was an amazing individual and a fantastic member of our team,” said Blue Bar owner Lisa Nealon.

Flowers are left at the scene where Jane Dardis lost her life Picture: Damien Eagers
Flowers are left at the scene where Jane Dardis lost her life Picture: Damien Eagers

“All of us, and especially the young team she worked with, were too distressed to work yesterday and we took the decision to close the restaurant until 5pm today.

“Jane had been working until 10pm on Monday," she said, explaining that the other young woman in the car wasn't working that night. 

“They must have met up after work, I don’t really know. We just can’t fathom it. Jane was a very special girl.

“I have heard that the others' injuries are not too serious but I’m waiting to talk to their families to be sure.

Jane Dardis (inset) was killed in a collision on the Rush Road, Skerries
Jane Dardis (inset) was killed in a collision on the Rush Road, Skerries

“There wasn’t a bad bone in Jane at all. She was gorgeous in every sense of the word.

‘‘She was friendly and professional and very welcoming.

“All our staff are young, around 19 and 20, and we are all so close. ‘We are heartbroken,” she said.

Floral tributes were left at the site of the tragic crash last night as locals struggled to come to terms with her shocking death.

“Heaven gained a beautiful angel,” one tribute read.

A stream of friends and well-wishers visited her family home or left flowers in tribute to her. The  young woman was also involved with Skerries Harps GAA club where she played Camogie and football at senior level and coached younger members.

“It is a terrible blow for Jane’s family, the club, and the entire community. Jane was a lovely girl, a beautiful girl, and a great player,” said Skerries GAA chairman Niall Murphy.

“There was always laughter when she was around, and her mother and aunt are both very involved with the club, also. It is a sad day for Skerries.”

Jane is survived by her mum Bernadette, her dad David and her sister Emma. 

Her remains will repose at her home and her requiem mass will be held in St Patrick’s Church, Skerries, tomorrow, before her burial in Baldungan Cemetery.

It is believed her friends were dropping her home when the crash happened.

The car, a blue Audi A3, was thrown on to its passenger side by the force of the crash when it hit a wall. The scene was sealed off for forensic investigations yesterday.

Meanwhile, last night a family member of the other young female in the car, who was seriously injured, confirmed that she was expected to recover and was “doing OK” but declined to comment on the accident due to exhaustion.

A garda investigation is underway into the crash.

Gardai in Balbriggan are appealing for any witnesses to the accident to contact them.

Any person who was in the area between midnight and 12.30am or anyone with any information is asked to contact them on 01 8020510 or on the garda confidential line.

Jane is the latest Dubliner to die in a road accident in the capital this week.

On Sunday, Lee Henry (13) died after he was struck by a car on the R139 in Clonshaugh, north Dublin.

On Monday, Mark Bell (46) from Ballybrack in south Dublin – who was described as a “lovely fellow” – was killed when he was hit by a van after falling from his motorbike on the York Road in Dun Laoghaire.

He was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.


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