TEMPLEMORE and Drom is mourning the deaths of a respected married couple this week, while Ballingarry has also been visited by a tragic accident, in one of the worst weeks for road deaths so far this year in the County.
A crash on Wednesday last week in South Tipperary also saw two young children having to be hospitalised after the car in which they were travelling burst into flames having collided with a truck.
Thurles Gardaí are investigating a single vehicle collision which occurred at Garranacool, Ballingarry, Thurles, on Tuesday morning this week.
A 24-year-old woman, identified locally as Bridie Fitzpatrick, died when her car left the road and overturned. She was the sole occupant of the car.
Investigating Gardaí believe the collision occurred sometime between midnight and 7am. The road was closed pending the completion of an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators. Gardaí wish to appeal for witnesses, or to any person who may have travelled on that road at the above times and who might have seen a red Toyota Starlet, to contact Thurles Garda Station on 0504 25100, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.
It’s understood Ms Fitzpatrick is survived by family in the surrounding areas of Gurteen, and Ballysloe.
Meanwhile, Templemore is in shock this week after a well-known local family suffered a double tragedy. Thomas and Angela Kenneally (nee Hickey), both aged in their 60’s, died while travelling home from Kilkenny City on Wednesday evening. The accident happened on the Freshford Road near Troyswood, about two and a half miles outside Kilkenny City, shortly before 7pm. Gardai in County Kilkenny are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash.
Two cars were involved. Three members of the Kenneally family were travelling in one car. Mr Kenneally was pronounced dead at the scene, while Mrs Kenneally was later pronounced dead at St Lukes hospital. Their daughter was injured and is being treated in St Lukes’s hospital along with two others who were travelling in the other car. Witnesses are asked to contact Kilkenny Garda station on 056 7775000.
One of the daughters, Rosanna Kenneally, is well known in GAA circles as she plays for the Tipperary Senior Camogie team. The Kenneallys are survived by their heartbroken children Mary, John, Emma, Patrick, Rosanna and Kristina, mother Margaret, brothers and sisters Tommy, Rita, Maura, Anne, Michael, Donal and Bridget, relatives, Eilish, Tom, Joan, Betty, Norah, Mary Bridget, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Removal took place to St. Mary’s Church, Drom, on Saturday evening arriving at 8pm. Requiem Mass was on Sunday at 12 noon, with Interment in the adjoining cemetery afterwards.
Meanwhile, gardai are also investigating a serious crash which took place in South Tipperary, on the road between Cahir and Cashel. On Wednesday evening last week, two children were injured when a car in which they were travelling collided with a truck on the Cahir-New Inn road at Outrath, just after 9.30am. It’s understood they just managed to escape the wreckage of the car before the vehicle burst into flames. The children and the male driver were taken to hospital, where their injuries are described as serious.
The driver of the truck was uninjured.