Cork crash victims to be laid to rest

A husband and wife who died in a crash near Macroom, Co Cork, will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Pensioners Robert and Mary Condon were among five people to die in bank holiday road accidents, including a 22-year-old girl who died after a freak charity event accident.

The Cork couple were killed when their car struck another vehicle on a bend at Stage Cross, at the turn off for Crookstown, near Lissarda, about 9km east of Macroom at about 6.30pm on Friday.

Mrs Condon, 81, of Broomfield East, Midleton, died at the scene. Mr Condon, 79, died of his injuries before he could be taken to hospital for treatment.

Two women in their 30s and two children travelling in a Renault suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the crash.

Macroom gardaí have issued an appeal for information to motorists who were travelling on the road between Lissarda and Crookstown Cross between 6pm and 7pm on Friday.

Witnesses are asked to contact Macroom Garda Station on 026 41724.

Mr and Mrs Condon are survived by four daughters and will be reposing at their home in Broomfield East today from 4.30pm until 7.30pm, followed by removal to the Holy Rosary Church, Midleton. Their joint funeral Mass will take place tomorrow at noon.

Meanwhile, a man has been released without charge by gardaí in Co Offaly investigating a hit-and-run in which a man in his 20s died. The victim, James Dillon, 29, was found with serious injuries on the road at Killeigh, outside Tullamore in the early hours of Saturday and died later in hospital.

The man in his 50s was arrested on Saturday and was released last night. A file is being prepared for the DPP.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or who can help with the investigation has been asked to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 9327600 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

A woman in her 40s died after the car she was driving crashed at Ballinagun, Upper Kells, Co Meath at midnight on Friday. She was the only person in the car. No other vehicle was involved.

And in more carnage involving Ireland’s vehicles, gardaí last night confirmed that a 22-year-old girl has died after a freak accident in Co Meath.

The girl was operating a tractor in Nobber as part of a charity drive when she is believed to have fallen off the vehicle. A female passenger in her 20s was hurt in the single-vehicle crash.

The 22-year-old was pronounced dead at Navan General Hospital and the passenger was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Anyone with information is asked to contact Navan Garda Station on 046 9036100.

Further deaths were avoided in another incident on Saturday, when a car carrying four young men plunged 40ft backwards down an embankment into a Co Donegal river.

They managed to get out after the car became completely submerged in the river at Cockhill, outside Buncrana, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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