Children Tell Of ‘Devastation’ After Mother’s Death

THE three children of a woman who died in a collision near Holycross on March 13, 2011, told Nenagh Circuit Court of the devastation they suffered following the tragedy.

THE three children of a woman who died in a collision near Holycross on March 13, 2011, told Nenagh Circuit Court of the devastation they suffered following the tragedy.

Michael, John and Mary Ryan each made separate Victim Impact Statements, which were read to Judge Tom Teehan by State prosecutor, Frank Quirke, JC.

Christopher Browne, Newpark, Cashel, was jailed by Judge Teehan for five years, with the last two suspended, for dangerous driving causing death to Maureen Ryan, 78, outside Holycross. The court heard that he and his passenger fled the scene.

In his statement, John Ryan, who works on the family farm, said that their father had died at the age of 36 in 1964, and his mother had reared the three children.

“I am devastated by her sudden death. She was the focal point of the three families. She encouraged all her grandchildren and celebrated all occasions with them,” he said. The grandchildren always loved talking to her over the phone.

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