A FATHER OF THREE is fighting for his life and his wife and daughter are recovering from serious injuries suffered in a killer car crash in Australia on Sunday night.
The family were taken to the Royal Perth Hospital following the accident that claimed the life of a friend.
Gerard Brosnan (55) and his wife Marguerite (52) from Port Road in Killarney, Co Kerry, were visiting their daughter Karen (28) in Perth when the station wagon in which they were travelling was in collision with a car driven by a man who was later charged with drink-driving.
Mr Brosnan, who works at Killarney National Park, is in a critical but stable condition in intensive care.
His wife, who works for a solicitor's firm in Killarney, and their daughter are said to be in a serious but stable condition.
The 56-year-old driver of the station wagon, understood to be a friend of the Brosnans, died from his injuries in hospital.
He was named locally as Martin Roberts from Hamersley.
Two other passengers also in his car, said to be a 27-year-old man and 39-year-old woman, are in a stable condition.
The crash happened at an intersection in the Karrinyup area of Perth at around 10.20pm on Sunday.
Five people, including the three members of the Brosnan family, were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The 20-year-old driver of the other car was arrested at the scene and charged with drink-driving and two counts of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm and three counts of dangerous driving causing harm.
He was released on bail and is due to appear before Perth Magistrates Court on February 3.
The couple had travelled to Perth for Christmas to visit Karen who had been living there for the past year and was the manager of a shoe shop.
The Brosnans also have another daughter, Claire, in Australia, and a son, Jack, in Killarney.
Close family friend and local TD Michael Healy-Rae said people in Killarney were devastated by news of the crash but comforted by word from Australia that the family's condition was improving.
Mr Healy-Rae's grandparents lived on the Port Road, four doors up from the Brosnans, and Gerard was a close friend of his older brother John and a regular visitor to the Healy-Rae home.
"The Brosnans are steeped in the tradition of hard work. They're dedicated, hard-working, honest people who are extremely highly respected in Killarney and we're all devastated by what they're going through and our thoughts and prayers are with them," he said.