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09th Apr 2022

Marty Morrissey gives heartbreaking account on the Late Late of his mum’s death following a road crash

Ellen Fitzpatrick

Devastating to hear.

Late Late Show viewers were heartbroken during last night’s show as Marty Morrissey recalled the moment he discovered his mother at the scene of a crash that ended up taking her life.

Speaking candidly about the night back in December, he said that his mum Peggy had only just passed her driving test a few days prior and Marty was planning on staying with her due to the red weather warning that was in place.

“The one thing that scared my mother was a storm. Our house is on the Wild Atlantic Way on top of a hill with no protection,” he said.

“When the winds and the storms come in, and the roof is a bit high, it rattles.

“So every time there was a storm, mam moved.”

Planning for both of them to stay at the Old Ground Hotel in Clare, his 94-year-old mum was adamant she would be driving there herself.

“We agreed we’d meet in Inagh which is 10-15 minutes from home and she wasn’t there,” he continued.

“She was driving on a road that she drove three or four times a day and she missed a bend and unfortunately, we lost her.”

When she was not in Inagh, Marty went out to look for his mum when he came across the devastating crash.

“I kept driving and came upon the accident and it was tough… I told her I loved her,” he said.

“The fire brigade were there, the ambulance, the Gardai and I do want to say this… they did their best to save my mum but I knew what my mother wanted because she was deep faith, much more so than me now.

“I asked the fire brigade, the ambulance, and the Gardaí would they say a prayer with me.

“Once we had mum taken out of the car, we all stood around and we said a prayer together.”

Marty went on to thank the public for their support during such a tragic time for him and viewers praised his strength during the interview.

One said: “Marty Morrissey is one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met.”

Another wrote: “Marty Morrissey interview on the Late Late Show was brilliant. The relationship with his mother was just unbelievable. Our mammies are and should be the best friend you ever have. Hope he is doing OK it must be very tough on him.”

A third added: “You couldn’t help but be moved by Marty Morrissey‘s telling of his mum’s death.”

A fourth said: “Marty Morrissey is a top man my sympathies and condolences to you on losing your Mum brilliant man and a great human being he’s a top man.”

You can watch a clip from the interview below.

Clip via The Late Late Show

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