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15th Oct 2023

Five dead in separate crashes over weekend as road fatalities continue to rise

Simon Kelly


Two of the men have been named.

Five men have died in separate road incidents since Friday, October 13.

The collisions, which all happened over the weekend, took place in Waterford, Roscommon, Kerry, Louth and Limerick.

The deaths over to the weekend have increased the number of people killed on Irish roads to 149 so far in 2023. This time last year, there were 115 reported road deaths.

On Friday, gardaí confirmed that two cars and a pedestrian were involved in a collision in Limerick at approximately 9.50pm, where two males and a female were brought to University Hospital Limerick. One of those brought to hospital, a male pedestrian, was later pronounced deceased.

On Saturday, gardaí attended the scene of an incident in Louth involving a car and a tractor. The male passenger (30s) of the car was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Two other male occupants (20s & 60s) of the car were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital to be treated for injuries believed to be non-life threatening.

Another incident on Saturday involved a motorcycle and a van and happened in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

The male driver of the motorcycle (40s) was pronounced deceased at the scene, while the van driver, a male (70s) was taken to University Hospital Kerry, for treatment for injuries believed to be non-life-threatening at the time.

The third incident on Saturday took place in Cloneish, Co. Roscommon and involved a car and a motorcycle. The male motorcyclist (30s) was taken to Ballinasaloe Hospital where he was pronounced deceased later in the evening. No other injuries were reported.

On Sunday, a single vehicle collision occurred in Stradbally, Co. Laois, where a male driver of a trike (70s) was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Two named in separate fatalities on Irish roads over the weekend

Out of the five men who were killed on Irish roads over the weekend, two have been named.

One of the men was named as musician and Derry native Chris Bradley, who was a passenger in a car that collided with a tractor at Mooremont, Co Louth.

Irish country singer Declan Nerney led tributes to Mr Bradley, saying he was “devastated” by the loss of “a magnificent drummer and above all that an even better colleague and friend.”

The other man named was 21-year-old journalism student Joe Drennan. The pedestrian was killed when when two cars collided in Castletroy, Co Limerick on Friday night.

President of the University of Limerick Kerstin Mey extended her sympathies to Drennan’s family and all of his “journalism classmates and lecturers, to his housemates, friends and fellow UL students and the many others who will be so devastated by his loss”.

Mr Drennan was in his fourth year in Journalism and Digital Communication. He was also Editor-in-Chief of the Limerick Voice newspaper.

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