Friends on way to rugby match killed in head-on crash

TWO workers at Limerick’s Dell computer plant were killed in a horrific road accident, which claimed four lives at the weekend.

William Quane, 34, from Monaska, Clonlara, Co Clare, was travelling to the Ireland-Italy rugby match in Croke Park with two friends when their vehicle was involved in a head-on collision at 9.30am on Saturday on the main Limerick to Dublin road in Co Laois.

Mr Quane and his friend Sean O’Donoghue, 37, from Lisaleen, Patrickswell, Co Limerick, were both killed in the collision on the Borris-in-Ossory to Roscrea stretch of the N7.

The two people travelling in the other vehicle, Italian woman Marika Rossi, 24, of Glen Arms Square, Drumcondra, Dublin and Polish native David Dziemianowicz, 21, of the same address were also killed.

A third man travelling in the first car, also from Limerick and a Dell employee, was seriously injured. He was taken to Portlaoise Hospital and later transferred to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore, where his condition was described as stable yesterday.

Mr Quane is survived by his parents Frank and Evelyn, his brothers Declan and Anthony and sister Eileen. His removal takes place this evening from Thompson’s funeral home in Limerick at 6.30pm to St Senan’s Church in Clonlara, Co Clare.

Burial is at Doonass cemetery following 11am funeral Mass on Tuesday.

Mr O’Donoghue is survived by his parents Patrick and Kathleen and younger sister Catherine.

His removal will take place from Thompson’s funeral home at 7.30pm tomorrow to the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Patrickswell.

He will be buried at Clounanna Cemetery following funeral Mass at 12.30pm on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for Dell said the company’s thoughts and prayers were with the bereaved families and that all necessary support would be offered to workers to deal with the tragic loss of their colleagues.

Gardaí are appealing for any motorists who witnessed the collision on Saturday morning or who were travelling on that road to contact Abbeyleix Garda Station on 057-873-0580.

The investigation into the crash is being led by Superintendent Maurice Regan, who said weather conditions were not thought to have been a factor in the crash.

Meanwhile, gardaí at Bandon, Co Cork, areinvestigating a fatal crash at Manch, between Ballineen and Dunmanway, at about 9.30pm on Saturday.

One person was killed when a car left the road and collided with a number of trees before bursting into flames.

The driver is believed to have been the sole occupant of the car and the body was taken to Cork University Hospital. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to ring Bandon Garda Station on 023-52200.

Meanwhile, a man was last night fighting for his life following a crash in which two of his friends were killed instantly.

All three, believed to be foreigners in their early 20s, were travelling in a car which was in collision with a minibus on the main Galway-Dublin road outside Ballinasloe.

There were 16 people on board the bus, which was taking a group from Galway on a skiing holiday.

The two men who were killed were passengers in a Fiat car. The driver was last night in a serious condition at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

The accident happened on the main N6 at Ballydangan, Co Roscommon, at 1.15am yesterday.

The minibus driver and five passengers were taken to Roscommon Hospital and have since been released. Ten other minibus passengers were taken to Portiuncula Hospital.

Eight of them were released early yesterday. One of the injured was transferred to University College Hospital in Galway and one was still being treated in Portiuncula.

The minibus was taking a group from Ahascragh in Co Galway to Dublin Airport for a skiing holiday.

The car carrying the three men was travelling in the opposition direction, towards Ballinasloe.

Gardaí in Ballinasloe have appealed for anyone travelling on that stretch of road between 1am and 2am yesterday and who witnessed anything to ring them on 0909-631890.

Meanwhile, a woman from the Clifden area of Galway was being treated in UCHG for injuries sustained when she was hit by a car in Recess village in Connemara on Saturday.

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