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Three killed in St Patrick's Day crashes

THREE people lost their lives on Irish roads on St Patrick's Day.

A man and a woman, driving separate vehicles, died in the early hours this morning after they collided.

It occurred shortly after midnight on the N25 Courts-town, in Glanmire, Co Cork.

A male passenger, who was travelling in one of the cars, was critically injured and was taken to Cork University Hospital.

The collision was the second fatal road crash in Cork in just six hours. A 19-year-old girl was killed and six teenagers injured when the seven-seater car the victim was driving crashed and overturned.

The teenager was driving along the Old Mitchelstown to Cahir Road in Co Cork when the car crashed at about 7pm.

The passengers -- four girls and two boys -- were all injured, though none of their injuries are believed to be life threatening.

The 19-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene while the injured were taken to hospital by ambulance.

The deceased and her passengers are all from the Mitchelstown area of Co Cork.