Three people have died while another has been seriously injured following a road collision in Co Limerick.
The two-car collision occurred on the N29 on the Kerry side of Loughill, in West Limerick at around 6.30pm this evening.
The sole occupant of one of the cars, a woman in her 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver and passenger of the second car, both women in their 70s, were also pronounced dead at the scene.
The third occupant of that car, a woman in her 70s, has been taken to University Hospital Limerick with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
It is understood she was airlifted to the hospital in an air corps helicopter.
Emergency services personnel are at the scene.
The Munster Regional Communications Centre received the call at 6.30pm and alerted fire services in the county
Four units, including two from Foynes Fire Service and two units from Newcastle West Fire Service were deployed and they remain at the scene.
The road is currently closed to facilitate a Garda forensic collision examination and local diversions are in place.
Local Fine Gael councillor, John Sheahan, from Ballyguiltenane, Glin, said the entire surrounding community was praying for all those caught up in the tragedy.
“We are in deep shock with the news that came from Loughill this evening and filtered through to us a little after 7pm,” Cllr Sheahan said.
“Wherever there are fatalities on our roads there are families left in deep and stricken grief, and our sympathies are with them,” he added.
Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information in relation to this collision or anyone who may have dash cam footage to contact Newcastle West Garda Station on 069-20650, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.