Sadness at loss of Eileen after crash

Sinead Kelleher

Family, friends and mourners gathered to pay tribute to Eileen Sweeney on Tuesday following her tragic death in a road traffic accident in Ardfert on Friday.

The exact circumstances of the accident are still being investigated and an appeal for witnesses has been put out by gardaí but it is believed that Eileen may have suffered a serious health complication in the seconds prior to the accident. The post mortem results have yet to be returned. 

This week tributes poured in for the Ardfert woman who was 'defined by her heart' and who looked after so many generously. 

As a priest's housekeeper in the parish of Ardfert for many years she looked after the local parish priest and the parishioners very well. 

She was also an entrepreneur in her own right, running a small B&B in Ardfert and some of those who had stayed with her attended her funeral and spoke of her kindness to them. Eileen, who is from Killeacle in Ardfert was well known for the care she provided and the wonderful breakfast. 

A loving mother and wife, she will be sorely missed by her daughters Judy (Dublin), Laura (Cork) and son Noel (Cork), sister Mary Sayers (Tralee) and her grandchildren Saoirse and Oscar.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Noel, daughter Helen and brother Eddie. 

Eileen (nee O'Mahony) was originally from Snipefield in Kilmoyley but settled in Ardfert with her husband, Noel, who passed away in 2000. 

Despite some ill health she remained positive and independent, visiting neighbours and friends and she often visited her brother before he passed away. 

Mass was presided over by Fr Maurice Brick Parish Priest of Lixnaw, who is a cousin of Eileen's and who praised her for her kindness throughout her life. Also presiding over the mass was Fr Liam Comer and Fr Moss O'Connell. 

"She was very special. She had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart and it was pertinent as her heart defined her," Fr Brick said. 

The tragic accident occurred at t approximately 11.25am on Friday morning at Farranwilliam in the centre of Ardfert. Gardaí and Emergency Services attended the scene of the single vehicle collision where Mrs Sweeney was pronounced dead at the scene, after her car collided with a wall. 

Her body was removed to University Hospital Kerry for a post mortem examination and the local coroner was informed of the death. 

Garda forensic collision investigators and scenes of crime officers attended the scene. 

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Tralee Garda Station 066-7102300 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.