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Grandmother, daughter killed in horror smash

A MOTHER and daughter were killed in a horrific road crash that also left four people injured, including two children.

The two-car collision on a country road in Carlow resulted in the death of Rose Bradley (77) and her daughter Corinne Vonde-Bradley (51).

Two of Rose's grandchildren – a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy – were injured.

The crash happened at Rathwade Cross, a few miles outside Bagnelstown, at 3.30pm on Saturday. The family's mercedes car was in a collision with a people carrier.

The occupants of the people carrier, local Nurney National School principal Martin Duffy and his wife Mary, were also injured in the collision. All four injured were taken to Saint Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny.

The dead women were the mother and sister of Shauna Bradley, wife of farmer Norman Bradley (46), of Fenagh, Bagnelstown. Mr Bradley has a high profile in seeking to promote farm safety since he lost one of his arms in a farm accident.

Rose Bradley had moved from South Africa with her husband to live with their daughter Shauna and her family. Shauna's father died just six months ago.

Norman's brother Ivor said Corinne, a mother of three sons, had travelled from Cape Town recently to help care for Rose.

She was also also taking care of Norman and Shauna's children – who were injured in the crash – as the couple are in Zimbabwe for a wedding. Shauna and Norman were expected to arrive back today, he said.

"It was a terrible tragedy," said Mr Bradley. "The children have broken bones, but they are going to be okay, we believe."

In other bank holiday weekend road collisions, an elderly man was in critical condition yesterday following a two-car crash in Co Kerry at Brennan's Glenn on the main Tralee to Killarney road.

And gardai are appealing for witnesses to a single-vehicle accident in Co Donegal when a man in his 40s was seriously injured when the van he was driving went into a ditch at Meenaciung, near Gaoth Dobhair, on Friday afternoon.

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