Wednesday 22 November 2017

Heartbreak for family as second tragedy strikes

Eimear Ni Bhraonain and Don Lavery

A family already distraught by the murders of a mother and her two little girls has been hit by another tragedy after a recent car crash in Co Kilkenny.

A 46-year-old woman, Kay Moore, from Piltown, died after she lost control of her car and hit a ditch at Kildalton, Piltown, last Friday. She was the only person in the car.

Ms Moore (nee Cronin), was the first cousin of Sharon Whelan, of Windgap in Co Kilkenny, who was murdered along with her daughters Zsara, seven, and Nadia, two, on Christmas Day, 2008.

Brian Hennessy, a 23-year-old postal worker, was jailed for life for the brutal killings in November last year. Sharon Whelan's uncle, Pat Hayes, described his heartbreak at losing another niece.

"It was a shock," he said. "It was something that came out of the blue. Nobody knows what happened, there were no other people involved."

Mr Hayes said Kay had two daughters in their 20s -- Jennifer and Amanda -- and a husband, Michael, who were "devastated" at her death.

When asked how the family was coping with this news in the aftermath of Sharon Whelan's murder, the inconsolable uncle said they were trying to move on and he didn't want to comment further.

However, Mr Hayes paid tribute to Kay as a loving mother to her two children.

"She would have liked her music. She was a very happy, easy-going person," he said.

Garda Forensic Collision Investigators combed the scene of the crash and diversions were put in place.

Officers appealed for witnesses to contact Mullinavat garda station on 051 898122 or the garda confidential telephone line on 1800 666 111.

Meanwhile, another road crash claimed another life last Friday in Co Cork.

It happened at around 9.30am on the N20 near the village of Rathduff and involved an articulated truck and a car.

The 41-year-old male driver and sole occupant of the car was taken to Cork University Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.

He was named yesterday as Gerard Barrett from Farranree, Cork city.

Witnesses to the collision have been asked to contact gardai at Blarney, Co Cork, on 021 4516290.

Sunday Independent

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