Tuesday 20 February 2018

Weekend of tragedy as four lose their lives on roads

Eimear Ni Bhraonain and Edel Kennedy

Four people were killed in separate crashes around the country over the weekend.

A teen boy, two men in their 20s and a 74-year-old woman died in the collisions, bringing to 163 the number of people killed on the roads so far this year,

A popular teenager who had been socialising with friends was killed in a horrific car crash that left his 16-year-old passenger critically injured.

The sudden death of 18-year-old Glenn Brady has stunned the community of Granard, Co Longford.

The youngster was driving on the N55 at Kilcogy, Co Cavan, near the Cavan-Longford border, when tragedy struck.

His teenage passenger was critically injured when the car left the road at Dundevan, Kilcogy, in the early hours of yesterday morning. No other car was involved in the tragic incident.

The road was closed for a number of hours yesterday after the collision, which happened just after midnight.

Mr Brady, who was a pupil of Cnoc Mhuire secondary school, was pictured enjoying a Debs ball recently. He sat his Leaving Cert in the school and recently received his results.

Photographs posted on his social networking page on Facebook portray him as a vibrant and happy teenager. Last night, many of his friends wrote poignant tributes to him after hearing of his death.

His pal, Denise Waters said: "RIP. God took you far too soon."

Another friend, Declan Reilly, said Saturday was a night he "will never forget for all the wrong reasons".

"I was there wit u till the end dude and even then u were still smiling. God takes d best. He came too soon for u tho. . . Ur memory will live on in all our hearts Tucker. God Bless and safe journey."

Glenn is survived by his parents Carmel and Jimmy -- who are both well-known locally as they are heavily involved in GAA circles -- and his sister.

Granard town councillor PJ Reilly last night expressed sympathy to the family on the death of their "happy, gentle" son. "Everybody is shocked about the loss. He was a good young lad, a very happy chap and a gentle young lad," he said.

It's understood his passenger was related to him, and also well-known in GAA circles.

Meanwhile, gardai in Kilkenny are appealing for witnesses after a young man in his 20s was killed on the Waterford Road on the outskirts of the city.

The pedestrian was seriously injured shortly before 6am when he was struck by a car.

He was rushed to nearby St Luke's Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.

Another young man was killed after the car he was driving crashed into a second car on the N7.

The 22-year-old was travelling southbound on the Naas Road dual carriageway at Rathcoole in Co Dublin yesterday


His passenger, a 25-year-old woman, and the driver of the other car, a 28-year-old man, were injured in the collision, at around 1.15am.

They were taken by ambulance to Tallaght Hospital where the younger driver was later pronounced dead.

Diversions were put in place after the major route was closed down for a technical examination.

Meanwhile, a woman died in a two-vehicle crash at Kennedy's Cross on the Birr to Tullamore road in Co Offaly at around 10.30pm on Saturday night.

It is believed a car and a bus were involved in the collision and a 74-year-old woman was killed.

Diversions were put in place while a technical examination was carried out.

Anyone with information on any of the collisions is asked to contact their local garda station or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.

The four deaths bring to 163 the number of people killed on the roads so far this year, which is 22 less than this time last year.

Last night, assistant commissioner for traffic John Twomey appealed for drivers to slow down. He also warned travellers to remember that winter is approaching and road conditions would progressively become more difficult over the coming weeks.

Irish Independent

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