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30th Aug 2023

Gardaí provide update on parents injured in Tipperary crash

Stephen Porzio

tipperary crash update

Three family members died in the collision.

An Garda Síochána have provided an update on the two parents injured in the road crash in Tipperary on Tuesday night (29 August) that left three others dead.

Thomas O’Reilly (45), his wife Bridget O’Reilly (46) and their grandson Tom O’Reilly (3) lost their lives after the car they were travelling in hit a wall in the Windmill Knockbulloge area of Cashel shortly before 9pm.

Cashel town in Tipperary

The man who was driving and a female front seat passenger (both 22), both later confirmed to be the infant’s parents, were injured in the single vehicle collision and were rushed to Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel.

Tipperary crash update

In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, Superintendent Kieran Ruane said about the parents: “Both remain in hospital today, the male is being treated for serious injuries, the female being treated for less serious injuries.”

The superintendent also expressed his sincere condolences to the family and friends of Thomas, Bridget and Tom, before adding:

“Once again I want to acknowledge and express my gratitude to my colleagues in An Garda Síochána, the other emergency services who attended the scene last night and the staff at Tipperary University Hospital.

“The scene last night was traumatic and very difficult for everyone in attendance. The professionalism shown by all first responders and the compassion shown to the three deceased was commendable.

“Our local community here in Cashel is shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic road traffic collision involving five members of one family, with three deceased. I have spoken with the family of the deceased this morning, a family that is devastated by this terrible incident.

“I assured the family… that local Gardaí here in south Tipperary are here to support them and the community, as we all come to terms with this tragedy over the coming days, weeks and months.”

An incident room has been established at Cahir Garda Station and a Senior Investigating Officer has been appointed to lead the probe into the circumstances of the crash.

Grandparents Thomas O’Reilly (45) and Bridget O’Reilly (46) / Image via An Garda Síochána

“I want to take the opportunity to appeal to any person with any information on this road traffic collision to contact the investigation team at Cahir Garda Station,” Ruane also said.

“I want to speak with any person who may have been driving on local roads between Golden and Cashel and who may have any camera footage (including dashcam) or images from these roads between 8.15pm and 8.45pm to contact the investigation team at Cahir Garda Station.”

The investigation team can be contacted at Cahir Garda station on 052 744 5630, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to the family to provide support, with the relatives to be kept updated as to the course of the investigation.

The families have appealed for privacy at this time.

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