Two die as road crash victims are honoured

On a day when safety appeals were made to coincide with the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, two more Irish people lost their lives in car crashes.

The latest victim, a woman in her 20s, was thrown from her car when it went out of control near Ennis, Co Clare, and hit a barrier beside the M18 motorway. She was pronounced dead at the scene despite the immediate attentions of a surgeon, who was driving a short distance behind the woman’s red Nissan.

A second woman, believed to be her mother, was treated for serious injuries. The pair were travelling from Shannon Airport to Athenry.

It was the second fatal incident on World Remembrance Day after popular west of Ireland football figure Jeremy Dee was killed on the Galway-Roscommon border yesterday.

At 9.15am Mr Dee was on his way to Dublin where the team he coached, Castlebar Celtic, was due to play Shamrock Rovers in the Women’s League of Ireland. Mr Dee was treated for his injuries after his car hit a wall, but he died later at Mayo General Hospital.

Two women who were in the car with Mr Dee were not seriously injured.

Mr Dee, 51, was an influential figure in the development of the women’s game in the west of Ireland.

FAI president Paddy McCaul said he left a lasting legacy in the game.

“His work touched many thousands of young people involved in football and his knowledge and enthusiasm were an inspiration to all of them,” he said.

The League of Ireland fixture between Castlebar Celtic and Shamrock Rovers was called off as news filtered through to Tallaght Stadium ahead of kick-off.

Gardaí in Tuam appealed for any witnesses to the crash to make contact on 093-70840.

There were similar appeals following a hit and run which claimed the life of a farmer as he crossed the road to his local pub in Ardrahan, Co Galway, on Friday evening. Gerry Keane was walking at 7.30pm near Joyce’s Pub on the main N18.

Gardaí are looking for the driver of a dark coloured Ford Focus in relation to his death.

The driver of a white van, who was also in the area around the time of the incident and initially called the emergency services, has since come forward to assist gardaí with their inquiries.

Meanwhile, in Cork a Mass was attended by families who had lost loved ones in crashes, and by members of the Garda Traffic Corp, ambulance and fire brigade personnel, RSA representatives, road crash survivors, and representatives of city hospitals.

A candle was lit in memory of all those who have died on Irish roads in 2012. So far this year, 18 people have lost their lives in road traffic accidents in Cork.

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