Three young men have been killed and two are fighting for their lives after separate car crashes within kilometres of each other over the weekend.
A three-car collision near Carrigaline in Co Cork early on Sunday claimed the lives of two of the men.
The BMW in which they were travelling struck an oncoming car at a around 6.30am at Carr's Hill on the Cork city to Carrigaline road.
The driver and rear passenger died at the scene while two other men who were in the car are in a critical condition at Cork University Hospital, and a woman passenger who was also in the car is in a stable condition.
It is believed all five were eastern European and aged in their 20s.
The driver of the oncoming car, a man in his 40s who was travelling in the direction of Cork city, ended up in a field while the driver of a third car hit a ditch trying to avoid the crash.
Both were taken to hospital but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The driver of the third car is understood to be an off-duty garda who was returning home after finishing his shift.
The Garda Ombudsman has been notified as is the case in any member of the force being involved in a collision.
It was the second deadly road smash in as many days in the area, a 21-year-old man dying when the car he was in crashed in the Waterpark estate in Carrigaline early on Saturday.