80-year-old killed by car after leaving céilí

AN 80-year-old woman was killed by a car just seconds after leaving a community hall where she attended a céilí with friends.

Anne “Annie” Deasy was struck as she left the community hall at Little Island, Owenahincha, near Rosscarbery, Co Cork, at about 12.30am yesterday.

She was hit by a car driven by a 20-year-old man.

Ms Deasy was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was taken to Cork University Hospital, where a postmortem was carried out yesterday by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

The driver of the car was questioned at the scene by gardaí. He was not arrested.

Gardaí sealed off the road as crash investigation experts examined the scene. The road was reopened shortly before lunchtime yesterday.

The young man’s car was impounded by gardaí.

Superintendent Pat Maher appealed for anybody with information who has not come forward to contact Rosscarbery garda station at 023-48162, or Clonakilty at 023-21570.

Donal O’Rourke, a local county councillor, said the community had been numbed by the tragedy. “Mrs Deasy was a very well-known and well-liked member of the community. This is an awful tragedy. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to her son and daughters.”

Ms Deasy, who lived at Galley Head, was the 275th person to die on Irish roads so far this year. The number killed last year was 348.

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