Gardaí launch probe after two tourists die in freak accident

Ponymen and their families attending the memorial service in The Yard at Kate Kearney’s, led by Fr Paddy O’Donoghue on Tuesday evening. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin
Ponymen and their families attending the memorial service in The Yard at Kate Kearney’s, led by Fr Paddy O’Donoghue on Tuesday evening. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Sinead Kelleher

The local community gathered at Kate Kearney's Cottage at the Gap of Dunloe on Tuesday evening in a special memorial service for the two American tourists who lost their lives in a freak accident at the scenic beauty spot on Monday afternoon.

The family of six had been on a day out in Killarney when tragedy struck during a pony and trap trip on the scenic Gap of Dunloe.

The cause of the accident has not been determined, but it is known that a pony and trap and its two passengers fell from the narrow road onto rocks at the bottom of a 20ft-deep ravine. The passengers died instantly.

The two victims have been named as Normand Larose (62) and Rosalyn Joy Few (64) from Phoenix Arizona.

The ponyman was uninjured but is traumatised by the accident. The rest of the family, who were travelling in two separate traps, came upon the tragic accident just minutes after it occurred. 

Fr Paddy O'Donoghue led prayers at Kate Kearney's on Tuesday afternoon. The service was organised by the local community and the ponymen at the Gap of Dunloe.  Local ponyman, Paul Cremins, said there is a "dark cloud" hanging over the entire area since the tragedy. 

"We are devastated by the terrible accident. We have been operating pony and traps up here for generations and everyone is shocked by what happened," he said. "The ceremony this evening was lovely and a way to remember the deceased, their families, the ponymen and the local community."  Gardaí have launched a full investigation into the accident. Tributes have been pouring in for the deceased and their families. A book of condolences was opened at Killarney Town Council.

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