Thurles and Shinrone are coming to terms with the shocking death of a local woman in a traffic accident on Liberty Square.
Thurles Gardaí are appealing for information regarding the death of Maura Murphy on Monday morning.
Ms Murphy, from Quakerstown just outside Shinrone, died at the junction of Liberty Square and the Slievenamon road in Thurles at 11.50am.
The driver of an articulated lorry, who is from Tipperary town, and two shocked bystanders had to be comforted following the collision. It’s understood Ms Murphy, who worked in the Community Nursing Unit in Birr, was in town shopping, having parked her car nearby before the accident claimed her life. Local reports indicate Ms Murphy was crossing the street from the County Bar direction to the old Permanent TSB bank when the accident occurred.
She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was removed to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick, where a post mortem will take place.
An ambulance, fire brigade emergency services, and members of Thurles Gardaí attended the scene, and cordoned off the area for a garda forensic collision investigation. Road traffic diversions were put in place for most of the day.
Cllr Jim Casey said the Murphy family are well known and respected in the area. Ms Murphy is survived by her husband Michéal and two adult daughters. “The whole area is in shock. It was an awful accident. A woman in the prime of life. It’s a shock to everybody who knew her,” said Cllr Casey. Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the collision to contact Thurles Garda Station on 0504 - 25100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
This is the second road death in Tipperary this year so far. There were eight road deaths in Ireland this year prior to the Thurles tragedy on Monday.