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Thursday 14 November 2019

Musician (25) and OAP die in separate traffic accidents

Sean O’Reilly died when his car collided with a tree
Sean O’Reilly died when his car collided with a tree

Adam Cullen and Ralph Riegel

A YOUNG man nicknamed "Smiley" by his friends lost his life in a devastating road crash.

The death of Sean O'Reilly has plunged Kingscourt, Co Cavan into mourning.

The 25-year-old was killed instantly when his car collided with a tree in the early hours of yesterday. The incident occurred on the R165 Drumconrath-Kingscourt road in Co Meath at around 1am.

It is believed the musician was making his way home from visiting his girlfriend when he lost control of his vehicle. The talented tuba player was a long-standing member of St Mary's Brass and Pipe Band based in his hometown.

Band chairman PJ Finn remembered Sean as "one of the happiest people" he had ever met.

"He was the life and soul of the band and everything else he did," said Mr Finn.

"Sean was incredibly invested in the band from a young age up until his job meant he could no longer give his full commitment.

"He left when he was about 21, but he was always our most dedicated member," he said. "We are truly devastated."

Sean's older brother Pauric, his heartbroken mother Evelyn and father Francis are also involved in the band.

His friend Donal Sexton fondly remembered Sean's "beaming personality", adding "you would never see him without a smile.

"His nickname was Smiley Reilly, he never seemed to be in a bad mood, he was just such a nice person," he said.

Meanwhile one man has died and another was in a critical condition in hospital last night following two separate road crashes in Cork yesterday.

A man in his 70s died in a single-vehicle crash outside the village of Knockraha near Glanmire at around 2pm. The car he was driving collided with a ditch.

Elsewhere a man in his 30s was fighting for his life in hospital last night after the car he was in ploughed into a steel railing and flipped over on top of a parked car. The crash occurred in the Glen area of Cork shortly before 8pm.

He suffered multiple injuries and had to be cut free from the wreckage.

Irish Independent

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