Tuesday 21 November 2017

Tragic hairdresser had worked in Sligo

The late Niamh Campbell
The late Niamh Campbell

Paul Deering

A young County Mayo hairdresser who was killed in a car crash close to the entrance to Knock Airport was a former employee of Salon 2 in Sligo.

Niamh Campbell (23) died on Sunday morning last at an accident blackspot on the N17 at Lurga, Charlestown when her car collided with a lamp-post and a pillar.

Ms Campbell, who lived in Claremorris, was pronounced dead at the scene and was removed to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar.

She was on her way to style hair for a wedding when the crash happened between 7.30-8am.

Ms Campbell worked for Salon 2 about two years ago, leaving to take a job in Charlestown to be closer to home.

Anthony Kilcoyne, Salon 2 owner said: "Niamh was a very popular member of our staff.

"She was a great worker and was very enthusiastic.

"It was with great sadness here at Salon 2 that we learned of her passing.

"She used to commute to work from Charlestown every day."

Niamh had studied hairdressing at Ballinode College and trained at Salon 2 later securing a job there after graduating.

She is a daughter of Padraig and Maura Campbell, Shessiagh, Taugheen, Claremorris and is one of a family of three.

Her older sister Aoife has been in Sydney for a number of months and her youngest sister Caoimhe did her Leaving Cert in Mount St Michael, Claremorris in June.

Mr Campbell has had a long association with the Carramore GAA club and was on his way to Croke Park for the Mayo/Cork match when he received news of the accident.

Other relatives had also been heading to Dublin for the All Ireland quarter final.

Requiem Mass took place at St Michael's Church, Taugheen last Wednesday morning followed by removal for private cremation.

Gardai in Swinford have appealed for witnesses to the accident to contact them.

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