Widow and prison officer are killed in road accidents
AN elderly widow was killed when the car she was driving struck a wall just miles from her home.
The woman, named locally as Mary Carroll (83), of Glanduff, Kiltoom, Co Roscommon, died of her injuries at the Portiuncula Hospital in nearby Ballinasloe at around 9pm last night.
The crash had happened just two miles from her home at Lecarrow, Roscommon, shortly before 5pm.
Her livelong friend and neighbour, county councillor Paddy Kilduff said the local community was deeply saddened. He added: "She loved visitors and visiting people."
Mrs Carroll (pictured), who didn't have children, will be sadly missed, said Cllr Kilduff.
Meanwhile, tributes have been paid to a prison officer who was killed on one of the country's most dangerous roads.
Derek Bannon (pictured), originally from Longford but who had been living in Lucan, Co Dublin, and was based at Wheatfield Prison, died in the crash on the N4 at Drumfin, Co Sligo.
A hitchhiker who he had given a lift to was slightly injured in the crash, while a 10-year-old girl and her father in another car escaped serious injury.
Mr Bannon (28) was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, a stretch of motorway that has claimed 29 lives in previous accidents.
He was a member of the Longford Rugby Club.
Gardai have appealed for any witnesses to contact Sligo garda station on 071 915 7000.