Victims of head-on collision to be buried today

The woman who died in a head-on road collision on Monday night will be buried with her unborn daughter today following a funeral Mass in the church where she got married just last year.

Her burial in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, will take place as the funeral Mass begins of the other victim, 17-year-old Robert Stoker from Monkstown, Co Cork.

Their cars crashed outside Bansha in Co Tipperary.

Mary Enright (née Walsh) was due to deliver her baby daughter, named Mollie, in just six weeks’ time. Her husband Pat was injured in the crash while a passenger, international golfer Jack Lacey, was also injured.

Both men sustained “significant injuries”, say gardaí, but their lives are not in danger. They are likely to spend a number of days in hospital, although there were hopes that Pat might be discharged for his wife’s funeral.

The funeral Mass will be held at St Augustine’s Church in Abbeyside, the area of Dungarvan where she lived in the Cruachan development with husband Pat. The couple married last year.

“People are just distraught,” said Abbeyside parish priest Fr Timothy O’Riordan yesterday.

“The whole parish is just in shock. Both families would be very well known, not just in the parish but in the whole Dungarvan area.”

In Monkstown, parish priest Fr John Newman said the Stoker family — Robert’s parents John and Maria and brothers Daniel and James — were finding it very difficult. But, he said, they have had fantastic support from wonderful families and friends who have been visiting since news of the tragedy.

Robert was a fifth-year student at Presentation Brothers College in Cork City, where his younger brother James is also a student.

Fr Newman said times like this are particularly tough for young people but said it is important that they would try and support each other. “They can strengthen each other with their time, and listen to each other, and try to use truthful and sincere words for each other and be there for each other,” he said.

It is understood students from the school will form a guard of honour when Robert’s remains are taken for burial to St Michael’s Cemetery in Blackrock, after today’s midday funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Monkstown.

Principal Ken Whyte said the school staff and students had enormous sympathy for Robert’s family and for the family of Mary Enright who also died.

Gardaí in Tipperary town are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash at 10.40pm on Monday, on the Cahir side of Bansha.

“We’re only at the early stages of the investigation.”

Following a forensic examination of the stretch of the N24 where the collision happened, the road was re-opened on Tuesday afternoon.

Gardaí have appealed to anyone who was travelling on the N24 between 10.30pm and 11pm on Monday night to contact the station in Tipperary on 062-80670.

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