Monday 19 February 2018

Young woman fighting for her life after close friend was killed in road crash

Sean Halloran and his girlfriend, Orla O'Malley
Sean Halloran and his girlfriend, Orla O'Malley

Ian Begley and Conor Feehan

A young man was killed in a bank holiday road crash that has left a close friend fighting for her life in hospital.

The driver of the car was also hospitalised following the crash in the early hours of yesterday at Churchfield, Tourmakeady, Co Mayo.

Gardaí are investigating an accident that occurred at Tourmakeady, Co Mayo, at 4am yesterday in which Sean Halloran died and Orla O’Malley and the driver were seriously injured. Picture: Paul Mealey
Gardaí are investigating an accident that occurred at Tourmakeady, Co Mayo, at 4am yesterday in which Sean Halloran died and Orla O’Malley and the driver were seriously injured. Picture: Paul Mealey

Tributes have been paid to Sean Halloran (20), from Clonbur, Co Galway, following the 4am horror crash.

Mr Halloran was the front-seat passenger of the car and had been in Tourmakeady with friends attending the Comortas Peile Na Gaeltachta GAA event.

His friend, named locally as Orla O'Malley, was last night fighting for her life in Mayo University Hospital.

The driver of the car, in his 20s, was also taken to hospital.

Micheál Ó Fhlaínn of Tourmakeady GAA expressed his grief following the tragedy.

"Everyone here at the Comortas Peile Na Gaeltachta event is saddened by the news.

Sean Halloran who died following road collision in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo.
Sean Halloran who died following road collision in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo.

"The flags are flying at half mast here, and there will be a minute's silence before each game," he said.

Mr Halloran had been in Athlone on Saturday at a sheep shearing event with his family, who are well known and respected in farming circles.

The road at the scene was closed while an examination of the crash site was carried out by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.

Diversions were also in place in the hours that followed the tragic accident.

Sean Murphy, a resident from Clonbur, told the Irish Independent that the whole community is in shock.

"It's such a sad thing to have happened.

Orla O'Malley, injured in a road accident in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo
Orla O'Malley, injured in a road accident in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo

"The whole town is in a very bad way at the moment - we are all shocked.

"My heart goes out to their families and everyone who knew them," he said.

This tragedy came just hours after a man in his 40s was killed following a crash on the M6 Athlone between Monksland Exit and Ballinasloe East on Saturday.

The single-vehicle crash happened at 3.20pm. The driver of the car was fatally injured.

He was taken to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe where he was pronounced dead.

The female passenger was also taken to hospital.

Meanwhile, Cavan GAA have offered their condolences after the passing of backroom team member Dominic Earley, who was killed in a road crash in Co Fermanagh on Friday.

Mr Earley lost his life in a car crash on the Glengesh Road in Tempo, where he was on his way to meet fellow Cavan backroom team member Jimmy Higgins ahead of their side's Ulster semi-final with Monaghan next weekend at Breffni Park.

Mr Earley was killed in the single-vehicle crash which occurred just before 10am.

He is survived by his partner Maria.

A statement by Cavan GAA read: "It is with great shock and deep sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Dominic Earley, a member of our senior football backroom team, following a road traffic accident in Co Fermanagh. Dominic was a member and player with the Tattyreagh Club in Co Tyrone.

"He joined our team management just a short few months ago but in that time he created a lasting impression on those who had the pleasure of meeting him.

"Cavan GAA would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Dominic's family, his girlfriend Maria, relatives, friends and to the Tattyreagh GAA club and Tyrone County Board.

"Ar dhéis Dé go raibh a anam."

A minute's silence will be held for Mr Earley before next weekend's Ulster semi-final with Monaghan.

Irish Independent

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