Thursday 14 December 2017

Dromina crash tragedy leaves children without either parent


THE death of a Dromina man in a car crash on Monday night has left four children orphaned and a community in shock.

THE death of a Dromina man in a car crash on Monday night has left four children orphaned and a community in shock.

John O'Connor (47) a farmer from Curragh, Dromina suffered fatal injuries following a single vehicle accident at Boolard on the road between Dromina and Charleville at 9.30pm on Monday evening.

It is believed that Mr O'Connor's car, a grey Skoda Octavia, struck a tree and then a ditch near a sharp bend in the road roughly 5km from Charleville town.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but despite the frantic efforts of paramedics treating Mr O'Connor he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 39-year-old man who was a passenger in the car escaped uninjured.

Anyone who may be able to assist in the garda investigation into the accident is asked to contact them in Mallow on 022 31450.

This is the second tragedy to hit the O'Connor family in as many years following the death of Mr O'Connor's wife, Maria, following an illness in March 2011.

Mr O'Connor is survived by his three sons PJ, Sean and James, daughter Ciara and mother Margaret.

His remains will repose at Hawe's funeral home in Charleville on Friday from 4pm - 8pm, followed by removal to SS Peter and Paul Church in Dromina. He will be buried at Deliga Cemetery following mass at noon on Saturday.

Charleville parish priest Canon Sean Cotter said the local community in Dromina had been numbed by Mr O'Connor's tragic death.

"Mr O'Connor was a very popular man and his sudden passing has cast an immense shadow of grief across the area," said Canon Cotter.

"His death will leave a huge gap in the lives of his children who have already had to suffer the loss of their beloved mother just over two years ago," he added.

Canon Cotter said that neighbours and friends had rallied around the O'Connor children since Monday and would continue to offer them support over the coming days and weeks.

"This is a tightly knit community which has been shocked by this tragedy. It is difficult for people to come to terms with what has happened but I know people will continue to support the O'Connor family in any way they can," he added.


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