Thursday 18 January 2018

Woman learned of fiancé's fatal crash while on holiday

The scene where a 21-year-old man was killed and a number of people were injured in a
collision near Dunmore, Co Galway. Photo: Ray Ryan
The scene where a 21-year-old man was killed and a number of people were injured in a collision near Dunmore, Co Galway. Photo: Ray Ryan
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A young man who was killed in a road crash that left four other people injured had been due to get married next year.

Bernard Mongan (21), from Cluide, Corrundulla in Co Galway, was killed at 8.30pm on Monday, when his car collided with another car at Carrowhuineagh, Dunmore, Co Galway.

Two units of Tuam fire brigade attended the scene of the two-car accident, which saw four others, including a two-year-old girl, injured.

Mr Mongan had been due to get married in June.

His fiancée, Chantelle McDonagh, was on a family holiday to Medjugorje when the tragic accident occurred. She is now travelling home.

Mr Mongan was the eldest of five children.

Bernard Mongan
Bernard Mongan

He is survived by his parents John and Ellen Mongan, two sisters and two brothers.

His uncle Tom Mongan said the entire family were in shock at the news.

"Bernard was a very, very nice guy. He was due to get married next June. We just can't take it in, we can't really believe it.

"The family are just in shock and traumatised by this," he said.

He described the young man as a "gentle giant".

"Bernard was a big guy, a six-footer and a very, very strong guy, but he was just a gentle giant. Everybody liked Bernard."

The family are now finalising funeral arrangements.

"Chantelle is still in Medjugorje, she wasn't due home until next week, now she's flying into the UK on Monday night and then back to Knock," added the victim's uncle.

Friends of the popular young man took to social media to express their shock at his sudden death.

The passenger in the car, a 21-year-old man from Tuam, Co Galway, suffered minor injuries and a broken shoulder in the accident. However, he has since been released from hospital.

It is understood that the accident occurred after Mr Mongan had lost control of the car on a dangerous bend and hit a ditch.

The car is believed to have rolled onto its roof and slid into an oncoming car carrying a couple in their 70s and a two-year-old child.

The occupants of the second car, a 74-year-old male driver, 70-year-old female passenger and two-year-old girl, sustained only minor injuries in the collision.

Irish Independent

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