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Two killed on roads as wind and rain make driving perilous

TWO people were killed in separate road accidents in Cork and Louth at the weekend as a six-year-old girl remained in a serious condition following a horrific head-on collision on Friday.

Three men were also hospitalised after a serious accident on the N3 Cavan-Dublin road near Virginia at 3.30am yesterday.

One of the men remains in a serious condition in Cavan General Hospital.

The teenager who died in a single-vehicle accident on the N72 Mallow-Killarney road in north Cork yesterday was named locally as Rory O'Connor (19).


Mr O'Connor, from Banteer, Co Cork, died when his car spun out of control and hit a ditch at Ballymaquirke at 6am yesterday. No other vehicle was involved.

Gardai closed the N72 and put diversions in place to allow technical experts to examine the crash scene. The road remained closed for seven hours.

Banteer parish priest Fr William Winter said the entire community was numbed by the tragedy and the loss of the popular young man.

Mr O'Connor's mother, Bernie, is a local primary school teacher.

"People in Banteer are doing everything they can to help. All we can do is pray for them," Fr Winter said.

Gardai described road conditions as "extremely difficult" at the time with a combination of high winds and heavy rainfall.

Kanturk gardai have appealed for anyone who was travelling on the N72 near Ballymaquirke between 4am and 7am to contact them at 029 20690.

In Co Louth, a 34-year-old man died when the car he was driving struck a ditch at Philipstown outside Hackballscross at 2.45am on Saturday.

The driver was pronounced dead before he could be transferred to hospital.

Gardai closed the road and implemented diversions to allow for a full technical examination of the scene.

Dundalk gardai have appealed for anyone who was travelling on the road at the time to contact them at 042 9388400.

Meanwhile, the one-year-old boy who died in an horrific head-on collision on the Cork-Limerick road last Friday evening was named as Thomas Anthony O'Brien.

The toddler had only moved to Charleville, Co Cork, with his mother, Nicola, from Rathkeale, Co Limerick, a few weeks ago.

The 13-month-old died in the collision which occurred on the N20 Cork-Limerick road between Charleville and O'Rourke's Cross, Co Limerick, at 4.15pm.


A six-year-old female cousin of the little boy sustained head injuries in the accident and remains in a serious condition in the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.

The accident happened at Rockhill when a Renault Clio driven by Nicola O'Brien collided with a white Citroen Berlingo van.

Gardai have appealed to anyone travelling on the N20 near Charleville at the time to contact Bruff gardai at 061 382940.

  • A man died when the car in which he was a passenger spun out of control and struck a wall in Derry.

The man -- who is in his 50s -- died in the accident, which occurred on the Duncastle Road near Newbuildings, Co Derry at 11am yesterday. The driver of the car was hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries.

Irish Independent