Accidents claim three lives as road death toll rises to 122

THREE people died in separate bank holiday traffic accidents, bringing the number of road victims so far this year to 122.

The tragic weekend deaths included that of a Co Meath teenager whose car went out of control and crashed at 6.25am on Saturday. No other vehicles were involved in the accident at Moynalty, Kells that claimed the life of 17-year-old Dean Gilsenan from Kilmainhamwood.

He died from his injuries shortly after admission to Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan.

In Co Kerry, a huge search operation continued until nightfall for an angler in his 50s, missing on the Blackwater near Kenmare.

The man left home to go fishing yesterday morning and the alarm was raised when he failed to return.

A Shannon Coastguard helicopter, the Derrynane inshore rescue unit and the Waterville cliff and coast rescue team are involved in the search around Blackwater Bridge, about five miles west of Kenmare, where the angler’s car was found.

Gardaí said last night the alarm was raised when relatives became concerned for the man’s safety.

Meanwhile, gardaí said that traffic corps units will remain vigilant throughout the bank holiday period.

Two men, one of them a pedestrian, died in separate road accidents on Friday in Co Tipperary.

The local man who died after being struck by a lorry on the N62 at Roscrea Road in Templemore was named as Joseph Connors from Lacey Avenue. He was aged in his early sixties.

In the second accident, Michael Hassett, 81, from Coosane, Birdhill died following a three-vehicle collision near Killaloe. The drivers of the other two vehicles were uninjured.

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