Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Crash kills Fermanagh restaurateur Eileen Maguire

Husband of pile-up victim (69) hospitalised after hearing shock news

The scene of the fatal accident on the Enniskillen to Fivemiletown road
The scene of the fatal accident on the Enniskillen to Fivemiletown road

A woman killed in a four-car pile-up at the weekend has been named as popular Fermanagh restaurateur Eileen Maguire.

The 69-year-old died after her car was involved in the collision on the A4 between Enniskillen and Fivemiletown shortly before 5.30pm on Friday.

It is believed that Mrs Maguire was travelling with her son back to her home in Lisnarick, 10 miles outside Enniskillen, when the accident happened.

Seven other people, including three children, were taken to hospital after what the Ambulance Service said was a major incident.

Mrs Maguire's husband Jim is believed to have been admitted to hospital following the news.

The Maguires own The Oaks restaurant in Lisnarick.

A Co Fermanagh councillor said Mr Maguire has suffered heart problems in the past and took the news of his wife's death very badly.

A husband and wife from the Irvinestown area of Co Fermanagh, who were also injured in the crash, were said to be in a stable condition in hospital. Their three children, who were travelling with them, were discharged from hospital on Friday night.

Another two adults are also said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

DUP councillor Bert Johnston said: "I would like to extend my sympathies to the entire family at this difficult time. I know Jim and he has taken the death of his wife very badly.

"He said that he does not know how to live without his wife.

"It will be a very difficult time for them all. I believe his son has injuries to his head.

"I think they were on their way home but unfortunately never reached it.

"The Maguire family are very well-known and respected in the area."

John O'Kane, an SDLP councillor for the area, said the Lisnarick community was in shock over Mrs Maguire's death.

He said: "All the churches in Irvinestown were praying for them this morning (Sunday). We know the trauma they are going through and it's awful. It really brings home to everyone how dangerous the roads can be and we all have to be extra-careful."

Staff at The Oaks said the whole community was shocked and saddened by the death of a "lovely and bubbly" woman.

John McPoland, from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, said: "We sent eight ambulances, three rapid response vehicles and a number of officers to the scene. On arrival we found nine patients requiring hospital treatment, including three children."

QUOTES

"It's a terrible shock for this community because quite a few people know both families involved. The whole area is in complete shock over what has happened, as Fermanagh has suffered quite a few road fatalities recently. Both families are very distressed over what has happened." – SDLP councillor John O'Kane

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