THE wife of a man killed after the car he was travelling in hit a tree was the first on the scene of the wreckage.
Damien Dawson (39) was among four people who lost their lives on the country's roads over the weekend.
The car the father of two was driving veered off the road at Granardkill, Co Longford, and struck a tree in the early hours of yesterday morning. No other vehicles were involved.
Mr Dawson worked as a farmer and a tradesman and had two young girls.
Granard parish priest Fr Simon Cadam paid tribute to him as the most decent man you could ever meet.
"He was a farmer, hard working and decent, and very much involved in the community, both in GAA circles, and in the church and the parish," Fr Cadam said.
It is understood Mr Dawson's wife Orla became concerned when he didn't return home and went looking for him.
It is believed that earlier in the night Mr Dawson attended the AGM of St Mary's GAA club, for which he had served as junior assistant treasurer.
Local councillor PJ Reilly also offered his sympathies to the Dawson family. "He was a genuine, very kind, good-natured young man," Mr Reilly said.
Meanwhile, 76-year-old Nicholas Foran was killed after the car he was driving struck two parked cars in Rosslare Harbour, Co Wexford, on Saturday at about 11.15am.
He was taken to Wexford General Hospital but died later that afternoon. He is survived by his wife Bridget Shield-Foran and two sons, Martin and Tony.
Also in Wexford, 69-year-old Abraham Watchorn died after the car he was in veered off the road, went over a ditch and into a field, sometime between 5.30pm on Saturday and 9.30am yesterday in Coolroe, Ballycullane.
And in Kilcronat, Ballynoe, Co Cork, on Saturday afternoon, 83-year-old Michael J Hennessy lost his life when the car in which he was a passenger hit a wall. Mr Hennessy was retired and from Tallow in Co Waterford, where it is understood he had owned a shop.
Meanwhile, a teenager was in a serious condition in hospital last night, following a single car collision near Cashla outside Galway city on Saturday afternoon.
He was one of two men who were thrown from the rear seat of a car which collided with a stone wall before spinning off the road, hitting a tree.
The 18-year-old sustained serious injuries in the crash which happened at 4pm.
All four occupants, who were all male and aged between 18 and 20, were taken to University College Hospital Galway but three were later discharged.
The teenager was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where his condition was described as serious.