Toddler (3) among five bank holiday road deaths
A YOUNG child was one of five people to lose their lives, as a bank holiday weekend was again marred by carnage on the roads.
The three-year-old boy – understood to be the only child of a Co Monaghan family – died and his mother was left critically injured in the collision in the county.
The five were killed over the three-day weekend – with three separate fatal clashes within just 24-hours – as a young man lost his life in Cork and a motorcyclist in Wicklow also died.
Gardai appealed for witnesses to the two-car crash in Co Monaghan which claimed the life of the young boy.
The mother and son were travelling through Annamarron towards Carrickmacross, just south of Monaghan town, along the N2, when the car they were in collided with another vehicle at approximately 6.30pm.
The child was removed by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where he was pronounced dead.
And the child's mother, understood to be aged 36, was critically injured and airlifted to Tallaght Hospital in Dublin.
Two other females, the driver and passenger in the other car, were both taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, with non-life threatening injuries.
A close relative of the family described the tragedy as "every parent's worst nightmare", as the family tried to contact people abroad to inform them of the tragedy.
Both the mother and her husband work in the Carrickmacross area.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them, particularly the driver of a lorry who stopped at the scene of the collision.
Meanwhile, as the death toll continued to mount, the father of a man who died when his car hit a ditch spoke of his shock at the loss of the young "sportsman".
Christopher Bermingham (24), known to family and friends as 'Christy', was killed in a single-vehicle crash at Killeens in Blarney, Co Cork, shortly before 2am yesterday.
His father Simon (60), said his whole family was in shock and he couldn't begin to comprehend that his son was gone.
"The family are devastated. I always thought that my gang would be arranging my funeral, not me arranging the funeral for one of them."
From his home in Cork, Mr Bermingham said his son, who was from a family of eight children, as a "sportsman" who was "big into cars" and added that he had "thousands of friends".
The unemployed car enthusiast, from Churchfield, Co Cork, was the only occupant of the car at the time of the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Separately, gardai in north Wicklow are investigating a road crash in which a 40-year-old man was killed when his motorcycle collided with a tree at Calary, on the Kilmacanogue to Roundwood road at around 5.30pm yesterday.
And on Saturday, motorbike racer Noel Murphy, from Lusk in Co Dublin, died at the Tandragee road races in Co Armagh. Separately, a mother of three in her 30s died when the car she was driving was in collision with a bus on the Letterkenny to Newtown- cunningham road in Co Donegal.