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Sunday 19 January 2020

Tragedy of newlywed killed weeks before the birth of first baby in horror crash

Mary Enright, pictured on her wedding day with husband Pat, was killed in the accident
Mary Enright, pictured on her wedding day with husband Pat, was killed in the accident

Conor Kane

A RECENTLY married woman who was due to give birth to her first child within weeks was one of two people killed in a head-on crash.

The victims of the crash on Monday night were Mary Enright (nee Walsh), aged 28, from Dungarvan in Co Waterford, and Robert Stoker (17), from Monkstown in Cork.

It is understood that two passengers in the car driven by Mrs Enright -- her husband Pat Enright and family friend Jack Lacey -- were seriously injured. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Another young passenger escaped serious injury.

The drivers of both cars were pronounced dead at the scene, one kilometre on the Cahir side of Bansha, Co Tipperary.

Mr Enright is manager of the Abbeyside minor football team in Dungarvan. Jack Lacey is a member of the team, as is the third passenger.

The couple, who married last year and were expecting their first child in six weeks' time, were bringing Mr Lacey back to college in Limerick after he had attended a minor football match on Monday evening.

Gardai are trying to establish the movements of Robert Stoker, who was alone in the car when the crash happened.

The parish priest of Monkstown, Fr John Newman, said he knew the Stoker family well and that Robert was "one of the lads from around the area".

Mrs Enright was from a well-known family in Dungarvan that has connections in business and the GAA.

"It's unbelievable, devastating," said the secretary of the Abbeyside GAA club, Bernard Shields, yesterday.

He added: "The whole place is up in a heap; we can't believe it. The two families, the Walshes and the Enrights, have been involved in our club for years and years."


Mr Enright is a former football player but more recently he has been involved as a manager of the minor team.

His wife was a former selector with the Waterford ladies' football panel and a key member of the Abbeyside ladies' club.

Gardai were yesterday trying to establish the cause of the collision, which happened at 10.40pm on a straight stretch of the N24 between Waterford and Limerick.

Witnesses to the fatal collision have been asked to contact the gardai in Tipperary town on 062 80670.

Irish Independent

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