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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Young woman killed in road smash just miles from home

Bridie Fitzpatrick: the only
occupant of car
Bridie Fitzpatrick: the only occupant of car

Barry Duggan

A YOUNG woman died after her car crashed into a field just five miles from her home.

Bridie Fitzpatrick (24) was the sole occupant of a red Toyota Starlet that left the road at Ballingarry, Co Tipperary, in the early hours of yesterday morning. The vehicle overturned before it eventually came to a halt.

No other vehicle was involved in the incident and Ms Fitzpatrick's body was discovered by a passing motorist.

The motorist, who is believed to have been on his way to work, alerted emergency services. Ms Fitzpatrick, the youngest of a family of nine, was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is believed that she had been visiting friends in the Ballingarry area.

Ms Fitzpatrick is from Newhall, Grange, Barna, Co Tipperary. Members of her family, including her father Sean, made their way to the crash scene yesterday morning which had been sealed off by gardai.

She comes from a well known family and is the youngest of five brothers and four sisters.

Both of her parents -- Mary and Sean -- are from the region and neighbours and friends arrived at the family home yesterday to express their sympathy and show solidarity with Bridie's family.

An uncle of the victim, Pat O'Meara -- who previously served as a South Tipperary councillor county -- said it was a very sad time for the family.


"She was a lovely decent girl who was very good-natured and got on with everyone," Mr O'Meara said.

"We are still a little unsure of what happened, but what else can you say. She had completed a chef's course and also one in child-minding," Mr O'Meara added.

One neighbour said the death ended all talk about this weekend's All-Ireland hurling final between Tipperary and Kilkenny.

"We are located right alongside the Kilkenny border here so all the talk before this would have been of where you can get tickets for Sunday. Not any more. This puts the game into perspective," the neighbour said.

The time of the incident is not known and gardai have appealed for anyone who was on the road at Garranacool between midnight and 7am to contact them on 0504-25100.

Meanwhile, an 18-year-old woman was last night fighting for her life after a collision between a car and a lorry. Her mother and sister were also injured.

The smash happened on the Cootehill to Rockcorry Road in Co Monaghan at about 4.15pm. The crash was on a road at Claraghy.

The injured were taken to Cavan General Hospital.

Irish Independent

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