A YOUNG nurse killed in a crash near Midleton on Tuesday was a keen basketball player in Cork.
Keady Clifford, originally from Dingle but living at Broomfield in Midleton, was pronounced dead at the scene of Tuesday’s single-vehicle crash on the N25.
Glanmire Ladies Basketball Club posted a message of sympathy on its Facebook page as they paid tribute to their former player.
“Unfortunately we have been told of the passing of our friend Keady Clifford.
“Keady played with Glanmire for a number of years while studying and working in Cork,” said the club.
“Keady was dedicated, lovable and adored by friends, coaches and players, and will be truly missed. We extend our deepest sympathy to Keady’s family, friends, and workmates at this very sad time.”
Ms Clifford was working as a nurse at Cork University Hospital.
It’s understood Ms Keady was travelling home from Cork University Hospital after completing the night shift when the accident occurred.
Ms Keady was a promising basketball player while attending Presentation Secondary School in Dingle and was on underage national squads. She maintained her interest in the sport when she moved to Cork.
Basketball Ireland coach, Maeve Coleman, paid tribute to Ms Clifford on Twitter yesterday evening, describing Ms Clifford as the life and soul of the squad.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I have to say that we lost a member of our ’88 squad today when Keady Clifford died in a road traffic accident in Cork,” she said.
“Keady was the life and soul of every training session. She trekked up and down from Dingle for every session.
“The management team of the ’88 squad would like to offer their condolences to her family,” she added.
A Facebook page for nurses, ‘Support for Nurses, Midwives and Frontline Staff in Ireland’, also paid tribute to Ms Clifford.
“Yesterday we lost one of our colleagues in a tragic car accident, Keady Clifford, a young nurse in CUH, was travelling home from work following a night shift,” they said.
“Keady devoted her short life to caring for the sick. She was an extremely popular and caring nurse and will be sadly missed by all of her colleagues and patients in CUH.
“Yesterday God decided that her work here on earth is done and he called Keady home.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Keady’s parents, family, friends and colleagues. Our hearts are broken for you. She is survived by her parents, Artie and Linda who were holidaying in Lanzarote at the time and flew home after they were informed of the tragedy.
The family are well known and Mr Clifford is chairman of Blas na hÉireann Food Awards which he founded and which are held in conjunction with the Dingle Food Festival.