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Four people killed in traffic collisions over bank holiday


An accident in Athy, Co Kildare. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

An accident in Athy, Co Kildare. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

An accident in Athy, Co Kildare. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

FOUR people died on the country's roads over the Bank Holiday weekend.

This brings to 79 the number of people who have died in traffic accidents so far this year.

The latest victim was a woman in her early 50s.

She died when her motorcycle left the road at Lissvieen in the Killarney area of Co Kerry shortly before 5pm on Saturday.

Her death came less than 24 hours after another fatality in the county.

John Riordan (32) from Listry, Faha, near Killarney, died when his van hit a tree near the village of Beaufort shortly before 8pm on Friday.

The man was the sole occupant in the van at the time.

He was removed to Kerry General Hospital in Tralee where he was pronounced dead.

In Kildare, two people were killed – motorcyclist John Paul Doyle (28) and car passenger Betty O'Brien (81).

Ms O'Brien's husband Jim remains in a critical condition in hospital after a collision between a motorbike and a car on the N78 between Athy and Ballitore.

In all of the accidents, gardai have appealed for any witnesses to contact the local station, any Garda station or the confidential telephone line 1800 555 111.

Separately, as part of its 24-hour Operation Slow Down this bank holiday weekend, gardai said the speed of 53,469 vehicles had been checked, of which 321 were detected travelling in excess of the speed limit.

Gardai again urged motorists travelling on the roads to travel safely.


The number of road deaths by the end of May this year was already higher than the same period last year.

The figures break the trend of a year on year drop in road deaths over the past seven years.

There were three road deaths on the June Bank Holiday weekend in 2010.

This dropped to one in 2011, but rose to six in 2012.