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Locals commended for ‘valiant efforts’ to keep motorist who died behind the wheel alive


The late Christopher Crowley.

The late Christopher Crowley.

The late Christopher Crowley.


THE local community of Rosslare Harbour have been commended for their “valiant” efforts at resuscitating a man aged in his 60s who died behind the wheel of his car on Sunday afternoon.

The man, named locally as Christopher Crowley of St Brendan’s Estate in Rosslare was pronounced dead at the scene after his car rolled to a stop after mounting the kerb next to the playground near his home at around 2.20 p.m.

The road was closed for a period and a technical examination of the scene was conducted by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators, but Gardaí believe that Mr Crowley may have suffered some kind of medical emergency behind the wheel before the car came to a stop. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle at the time.

The local community was shocked and saddened by the incident and Independent councillor Ger Carthy, who was among the first on the scene in his role with the National Ambulance Service, said commended the efforts made by locals to keep Christopher alive.

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"Firstly, I just want to express my deepest sympathy to the family on their loss,” he said. “I also want to acknowledge members of the local community on their valiant efforts to assist this man and help at the scene prior to the arrival at the ambulance. Unfortunately, their efforts were unsuccessful on this occasion.”

Cllr Carthy said that the incident once again stressed the importance of local defibrillators and community first responder schemes around the county.

Formerly of Heavenstown, Cleariestown, Christopher was the beloved son of the late Mary and Thomas. He was a brother of Margaret, Catherine and the late Stella and is sadly missed by his sisters, brothers-in-law Con, Eugene and Anthony, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends. 

Christopher's remains will be reposing at Macken's Funeral Home, Distillery Road, on Wedensday, July 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The funeral will arrive to St David's Church, Mulrankin, on Friday, July 22 for funeral mass at 12 noon, followed by burial afterwards in Ballymore Cemetery.