THE first of three people to die during yesterday’s hurricane conditions was an oncology nurse originally from County Cork.
Clare O’Neill, aged 58, died after a tree branch fell on her car near the west Waterford village of Aglish.
She was due to celebrate her 59th birthday today.
She had worked as an oncology nurse for more than 30 years and was recently a Cancer Support Co-Ordinator with the Cork ARC Cancer Support House with their East Cork and West Waterford service, based in Youghal.
She previously worked with the ARC cancer support team at their base on O’Donovan Rossa Road in Cork.
The family moved to the Aglish area of Waterford around seven years ago. The accident happened less than a kilometre from Ms O’Neill’s home, which is about two kilometres from the village of Aglish.
It’s understood that a tree fell on the car, which was carrying two women. A woman in her 70s survived the incident.
Cork ARC Cancer Support House paid tribute to Ms O'Neill.
“We are all deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our friend and colleague, Clare O’Neill," Ellen Joyce, Director of Services said.
"She was a wonderful nurse and a special person who will be missed by the Cork ARC Cancer Support House team, our volunteers and all the people and patients she worked with here and in Youghal. Our thoughts are with her family at this most difficult time.”
Cork ARC Cancer Support House will be closed today as a mark of respect to Clare and will resume cancer support services tomorrow.
Clare O’Neill worked with Cork ARC Cancer Support House for over a decade, in both the Cork ARC Cancer Support House in Cork city at O’Donovan Road and in establishing its new service at Friar Street in Youghal.
Meanwhile, a man in his 30s was killed when using a chainsaw to clear a fallen tree near Cahir; and a man in Dundalk was killed when a tree fell on the roof of his car.