Black week on Kerry’s roads

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By DÓ­NAL NOLAN

A KILFLYNN man was fight­ing for his life in Dublin’s Mater Hos­pi­tal on Tues­day fol­low­ing a car crash in the vil­lage on Mon­day night. The ac­ci­dent hap­pened just days af­ter his neigh­bour, Carmel Car­mody (pic­tured be­low), died from in­juries she sus­tained in a sep­a­rate crash in Duagh on Satur­day.

The fam­ily of the Kilflynn man – who is in his 70s and whose name had not been re­leased at the time of go­ing to press – rushed to his hos­pi­tal bed­side in Dublin fol­low­ing the crash, which oc­curred on the Abbey­dor­ney-Kilflynn road on Mon­day. He was a pas­sen­ger in the car driven by a rel­a­tive in his 40s who suf­fered mi­nor in­juries.

Carmel Car­mody (67) lost her life af­ter a crash in Duagh on Satur­day in which three oth­ers were in­jured, one se­ri­ously. She was de­scribed by fam­ily and friends as a woman of ‘ex­cep­tional gen­eros­ity’.

TRAGIC road vic­tim Carmel Car­mody died do­ing what she lived for – spread­ing the teach­ings of the Bi­ble in her ca­pac­ity as a mem­ber of the Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses’ congregation in Lis­towel.

That fact is be­ing grasped as one small con­so­la­tion by the mem­bers of a re­li­gious com­mu­nity who say they have been left ab­so­lutely ‘shat­tered’ by the loss of one of their most-loved.

Ms Car­mody died as the re­sult of the in­juries she suf­fered while trav­el­ling as a pas­sen­ger in a car that col­lided with an­other car in Foil­dar­rig, Duagh, on Satur­day at 12.30pm.

Ms Car­mody was rushed to Kerry Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal as paramedics fran­ti­cally strug­gled to save her life, but trag­i­cally died shortly af­ter ar­rival at the hos­pi­tal.

The driver of the car in which she was trav­el­ling also in­curred se­ri­ous in­juries, but is now de­scribed as be­ing in a sta­ble con­di­tion. Both oc­cu­pants of the other car – a male and fe­male aged 20 – are also de­scribed as sta­ble.

Her older sis­ter Frances told The Ker­ry­man that Ms Car­mody’s char­ac­ter was de­fined by gen­eros­ity since her ear­li­est years. “You couldn’t give Carmel any­thing, she lived to give to oth­ers al­ways and that was the case all her life, ever since she was a lit­tle girl.

“She was al­ways busy, never idle, and lived to help other peo­ple. If you asked any­thing of her she would be there straight away. Carmel was a gen­tle soul with a great sense of hu­mour who sim­ply loved peo­ple.”

Ms Car­mody’s close friend and fel­low Wit­ness Joe Bun­yan said the com­mu­nity in Lis­towel – where she wor­shipped – was ‘shat­tered by her loss’. He de­scribed the Ard­fert na­tive, who lived in Kilflynn in re­cent times, as a driv­ing force of the congregation; a woman of bound­less gen­eros­ity, hu­mour and artis­tic flair who lived to help oth­ers.

“We are just shat­tered by Carmel’s death, ut­terly heart­bro­ken. This woman was ex­cep­tional in her gen­eros­ity and deeply loved by every­one. She lived what she taught, as a per­fect ex­am­ple of Chris­tian liv­ing,” Mr Bun­yan said.

Since join­ing the Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses while liv­ing in Cork many years ago, Ms Car­mody lived to spread the teach­ings of the Bi­ble - an ac­tiv­ity she was en­gaged in at the time of the tragedy. “She loved to share what she knew of the Bi­ble’s prom­ise of the fu­ture, where sick­ness and death will be no more...this is what she lived for and ul­ti­mately what she died do­ing,” Mr Bun­yan said.

Ms Car­mody will be waked at the Cuan Mhuire funeral par­lour in Ard­fert from 12pm - 2pm on Satur­day, af­ter which burial will take place in Ard­fert Cathe­dral; with a funeral ser­vice to be held on Sun­day at the Kingdom Hall, Tralee.

Carmel Car­mody

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