Train collision inquest hears of nun’s death

A NUN who was killed after her car collided with a train died of shock and massive chest and abdominal injuries, an inquest heard yesterday.

Sister Joan Bowles, 59, of Moycross Convent of Mercy was a director of the Limerick Youth Service. She was well-known for her outstanding work for the disadvantaged youth in the city.

She was killed instantly when her car was hit by a train at an unmanned level crossing near Dromkeen, Co Limerick on July 19.

A verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was returned by the Coroner for Limerick South East, Dr Timothy Casey.

Sister Ann McCarthy of the Convent of Mercy, gave evidence of identifying the body of the deceased at the hospital mortuary. She knew the deceased for the last seven years.

The foreman of the jury, expressing sympathy to the family of the deceased, recommended that CIE might look into the position of unmanned level crossings, and suggested that a beacon be provided to advise people if and when a train is approaching the crossing.

Dr Casey extended his deepest sympathy to the family and the community of the late Sister Bowles.

“Limerick city is the poorer for her passing,’’ he said.

Garda Inspector Gerry McNamara, Roxboro Station, on behalf of the gardaí, also expressed sympathy to the family of the deceased.

Karen Kearney, solicitor on behalf of Iarnrod Eireann expressed their sympathy to the next-of-kin, family and friends of the late Sister Joan Bowles.

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