Roscrea’s Cistercian College and east Clare are mourning the death of a popular young man this week in Tipperary’s third fatal crash of 2014.
Eighteen-year-old Barry Nash died in a freak accident in wet conditions on the M7 at Junction 22 near Roscrea on Sunday at about 9pm, as he was driving back to Dublin where he studied in UCD with others from his native Scarriff in east Clare.
Mr Nash - a well known handballer and hurler - was pronounced dead at the scene and removed to Limerick Regional Hospital where a post mortem is due to take place.
There were three passengers in the car at the time of the accident, two females aged 20 and 19, and one 18-year-old male. The passengers were taken to Portlaoise Hospital but have since been released.
Barry is survived by his father Jim, mother Mary, brothers Cathal and Diarmaid, and sisters Clodagh and Dervla. Dervla attends the Ursuline school in Thurles. The Nash family are highly respected in east Clare for their involvement in Gaelic Games.
Barry was an All-Ireland minor handball champion, and played with Tuamgraney Handball Club at Under 14, 15 and 16 age level. His father, James, is a member of the Munster Hearings Committee, while Diarmaid has an accomplished handball career, playing in the US and Europe.
Gamesmaster of Cistercian College, Roscrea, Brendan McKeogh said the three Nash brothers attended the school. Barry, the youngest of the boys, played for the Junior Hurling Team for each of his five years at the school. He also played for the Senior Hurling for four of those years, and he was a member of an U17 team which won a Tipperary Schools Competition.
Barry played hurling for Scarriff GAA Club, scoring 10 of Scarriff’s 13 points this year in a relegation playoff with local rivals Killaloe, ensuring a replay, which they went on to win.
Brendan said there was a sense of shock in the school. “Barry was very young doing his Leaving Cert, so there would still be a lot of boys here who would have played on the same teams as Barry.” Members of the Cistercian hurling team will attend the Funeral this Thursday at the Sacred Heart Church in Scarriff. Barry was also a member of the Clare Minor Panel and hurled for UCD. The Fire Brigade said there were about six accidents on the same stretch of road that evening between Birdhill and Roscrea. It’s understood Mr Nash’s car slid on hailstones on the Motorway about 500m from the Roscrea junction, and he collided with a timber stake. No other cars were involved.