78-Year-Old Killed on her Way to Mass

By Noel Dundon

By Noel Dundon

Gardai in Thurles are preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions following the death after a road traffic accident of a 78 year old motorist at Holycross on Sunday morning.

Mrs Maureen Ryan (Agent), Suir View, Bohernacrusha, Holycross was making her way to 11:00am Mass in Holycross Abbey when her red Toyota Starlet vehicle was in a collission with a van some 500 yards from her home.

The victim was thrown from the vehicle while the van ended up some 25 yards away on it’s side. The two local occupants of the van left the scene but later presented to Thurles Gardai and have been helping with the enquiry since.

The deceased was tended to at the roadside by passersby and neighbours who lended assistance and alerted emergency services - an off duty nurse was amongst the passersby who helped out. Emergency services including accident and medical personnel arrived on the scene very quickly and worked to assist the mother of three. Local priests, Rev Fr Tom Breen PP and Rev Fr Celsus Tierney CC, also attended the scene having been requested. However, in spite of the great efforts and medical attention Mrs Ryan died a short time after her son Michael had been brought to the scene.

The incident, which resulted in the Holycross - Bohernacrusha road being closed until Monday morning - has shocked and numbed the local community where Mrs Ryan was very well known as a quiet unassuming lady; a good kindly neighbour; and a devout Catholic. Flowers were placed by the roadside where the tragic accident occurred while prayers were offered at Mass in the parish for the repose of her soul. She is pre-deceased by her husband Michael and is survived by her family, John, Michael and Mary who were being comforted by family members, friends and neighbours.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the incident to come forward. Already a number of witnesses have been spoken to and are assisting Gardai, but a fresh appeal for anyone who may have seen the vehicles on the morning in question is being made.

“We are still looking for witnesses and would appreciate the help of people with this. Anyone who might have seen the white van or the car in advance of the accident are asked to contact us at Thurles Garda Station,” a Garda spokesperson said.

Mrs Ryan was laid to rest today (Wednesday) in Holycrosss after Requiem Mass in Holycross Abbey.