Tragic losses on our roads

Tragic losses on our roads
Mandy O'Leary RIP

Four separate accidents across Cork and Waterford have left five people dead and 12 in hospital.

29-year-old Mady O'Leary was laid to rest today following her tragic death on Friday evening. From Farranree, Mandy was driving on the Mallow road approaching the Blarney turn off when her car spun out of control and hit a ditch. It is believed the hairdresser may have swerved to avoid a fox or other animal and lost control of her vehicle.

In North Cork, another family is coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. Kieran Colgan, who was in his early 20s, died in a two-car collision on the N72 Ballyhooley to Fermoy road yesterday at around 8am.

Kieran, who had been on his way to work at Dairygold in Mallow, died when his car crashed into a 4x4. A mother and two children who had been travelling in the 4x4 suffered injuries and were taken to Cork University Hospital.

On Sunday, a Cork family sustained serious injuries in a two-car crash in Dungarvan which killed three men.

Mallow residents Mary Bermingham and her partner Gary Fenton had been travelling from Cork to Waterford with four children, aged between six and 14, to attend the Winterval festival.

Two of the men killed in that crash have been identified as friends from Waterford while the third man if believed to be from Cork.

The recent spate of crashes in Cork have led to calls from senior garda figures for all motorists to exercise caution on the roads, particularly during the winter months.

Cork Regional Traffic Superintendent Pat Lehane said the figures are extremely alarming.

“To have six people die on our roads in just five days… it’s a dreadful statistic. It really is. And most of these were young people, which is even more devastating,” he said.

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