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Monday 16 September 2019

Tipperary fan and pedestrian killed in two separate tragedies on roads

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Sean Ryan and Conor Feehan

Two people were killed in separate accidents in Tipperary over the weekend.

A woman died following a collision between a car and a truck in the early hours of Saturday.

The crash happened at Dovea, Bouladuff, Thurles, on the N62, Thurles to Templemore Road at around 2.30am.

She has been named locally as Mary O'Donnell, who is a native of Templemore. She was well known in local GAA circles.

Ms O'Donnell's body was brought to University Hospital Limerick, where a post- mortem was due to take place.

The driver of the truck, a man in his mid-40s, was not injured. Local diversions were put in place.

Local Fine Gael councillor and former TD Noel Coonan said the local community in Templemore was absolutely devastated with this news.

"We were all excited here preparing for the All-Ireland final but news of Mary's tragic passing has upset us all," he said.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or who can assist them, to contact gardaí at Thurles garda station on 0504-25100, the Garda Confidential Line 18000 666 111 or any Garda station.

Separately, a male pedestrian in his 50s died after a car hit a pole, which then struck him.

The incident happened on Friday at around 3pm on Gladstone Street in Clonmel.

The man is believed to have been a Polish national who lived in the Fethard area.

He was rushed to South Tipperary Hospital in Clonmel where he died in the early hours of Saturday.

Local priest Fr Michael Toomey said that the accident brought even more sadness to the town in the wake of the death of a young man at a festival recently.

Irish Independent

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