A PARISH priest and a motorcyclist have become the latest casualties on the roads in two separate accidents over the bank holiday weekend.
Fr Edward Murphy, who was in his late 50s, was killed when his car was in collision with a tractor on the M9 motorway in Kilkenny on Friday.
He was on a visit to Ireland to see family when the accident happened at around 3.30pm.
Fr Murphy was a priest in Cambridgeshire, England.
The southbound carriageway of the M9 between junctions 9, Danesfor, and junction 10, Knocktopher, was closed to traffic for a time.
In a separate accident, Sligo man John Lynagh (32) was killed when he lost control of his motorbike at the town of Easkey in Sligo.
He died as he travelled from one St Patrick's Day parade to another on Saturday. The plasterer, from Culleens, was riding from Enniscrone to Dromore West when the accident happened at 2.30pm.
In another accident, a 35-year-old man was left seriously ill in hospital after he was thrown from his BMW when it struck a telegraph pole and rolled for more than 50 metres.
The single vehicle accident happened at around 2.30pm yesterday on a narrow country road about 2km from the west Co Clare resort town of Kilkee.
The man was driving towards Kilkee when the car mounted a ditch and struck the wooden pole, splitting it in two.
Fire crews said the man was thrown from the car as the vehicle rolled and landed on its wheels at the entrance to a house at Ballyonan.
They found the driver seriously injured on the road and treated him before paramedics arrived. He was taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick, almost 100km away, due to his injuries.
And on Saturday afternoon, a man suffered serious head injuries when he was knocked down by a people carrier -- thought to have been driven by a doctor. The 46-year-old man, and a woman, were crossing the road in Ennis, Co Clare, when they were both struck.
The man was taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital, while the woman was taken to nearby Ennis Hospital.