Four dead in bank hol­i­day tragedies

Irish Examiner - - Front Page - Sean O’Rior­dan

Four peo­ple died — three in car crashes and one in a river ac­ci­dent — in sep­a­rate bank hol­i­day week­end tragedies in Cork.

Tributes have been paid to Bernard Geasley, 38, from Ballincol­lig, who died af­ter he got into dif­fi­culty af­ter div­ing into the river Lee to help an­other man he had been fish­ing with in the town’s Re­gional Park on Sun­day night.

In West Cork, gar­daí have ap­pealed for wit­nesses to a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash which claimed the lives of two men near Glen­gar­riff in West Cork early yes­ter­day. The de­ceased, named lo­cally as Tadhg Mur­phy, 19, from Glen­gar­riff, and Michael Bowen, 40, from Ahak­ista, died when the VW Jetta in which they were trav­el­ling left the Ken­mare Road at around 5.30am and plunged into a river.

And last night, gar­daí con­firmed that a 94-year-old woman air­lifted from the scene of a three-car crash on the N25 Youghal to Kil­leagh Road on Fri­day died in hos­pi­tal on Sun­day. Wit­nesses have been asked to con­tact Mi­dle­ton Garda Sta­tion.

Two men from West Cork died and a third man is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal af­ter the car they were trav­el­ling in left the road and plunged into a river.

A fourth oc­cu­pant of the car man­aged to es­cape with mi­nor in­juries as a re­sult of the ac­ci­dent which hap­pened near the vil­lage of Glen­gar­riff early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The two men were pro­nounced dead at the scene. The de­ceased were named lo­cally last night as Tadhg Mur­phy, aged 19, from Glen­gar­riff, and Michael Bowen, aged 40, from Ahak­ista.

Mr Mur­phy is un­der­stood to have been driv­ing the car while Mr Bowen was a rearseat pas­sen­ger. The other two pas­sen­gers are from Glen­gar­riff.

The emer­gency ser­vices were alerted about the ac­ci­dent at 5.30am.

It hap­pened on a bend on the road close to the pop­u­lar Glen­gar­riff na­ture re­serve, a short dis­tance out­side the vil­lage on the main N71 which leads to Ken­mare, Co Kerry.

Su­per­in­ten­dent De­clan O’Sul­li­van, who is lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said the four men had been trav­el­ling in a black Volk­swa­gen Jetta, which had a 08 KY reg­is­tra­tion.

He said gar­daí are try­ing to es­tab­lish the where­abouts of the car and its oc­cu­pants in the hours lead­ing up to the tragic ac­ci­dent which oc­curred about a mile out­side the vil­lage.

Supt O’Sul­li­van said gar­daí are anx­ious to hear from any­body who can shed light on its move­ments, or who may have ac­tu­ally wit­nessed the fa­tal ac­ci­dent.

The crit­i­cally in­jured man was taken by am­bu­lance to Cork Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal. He is un­der­stood to be in his late teens and from Glen­gar­riff.

Supt O’Sul­li­van said gar­daí have spo­ken briefly to the man who sus­tained mi­nor in­juries. He is in his early 20s and also from Glen­gar­riff.

It is un­der­stood weather con­di­tions were good at the time of the crash.

It brings the num­ber of peo­ple killed on Ir­ish roads so far this year to 87.

Lo­cal In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Danny Collins said the area has been thrown into shock by the tragic news.

He de­scribed both de­ceased men as “very pop­u­lar, hard-work­ing lads” and ex­pressed his sym­pa­thies to their fam­i­lies.

Gar­daí closed off the road to al­low Foren­sic Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tors carry out an ex­am­i­na­tion of the area.

The road re­mained closed for many hours and di­ver­sions were put in place via the Healy Pass.

The car was later re­moved from the scene and will be ex­am­ined more thor­oughly by garda in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Supt O’Sul­li­van said that gar­daí are anx­ious to speak to any­body who might have seen the ve­hi­cle be­fore the crash and are ap­peal­ing for mo­torists who may have dash cam footage of it to con­tact them.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Bantry Garda Sta­tion on 027 20860, the Garda Con­fi­den­tial Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda sta­tion.

Pic­ture: Dan Line­han

A garda on duty at Glen­gar­riff, West Cork near where a car en­tered the wa­ter in the early hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing. Two men died, one is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal, and a fourth oc­cu­pant es­caped with mi­nor in­juries.

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