Community shocked by horror crash
A pregnant woman, her unborn baby and two best friends have been killed in a multi-vehicle car crash that has left several communities stunned.
Forensic investigators are piecing together the final movements of three cars before they collided on the N2 near Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, at 6.30pm on Monday, leaving another person fighting for their life and two others injured.
The female victim, 39-year-old Roisin Connolly from Dublin, was five months pregnant with her first child but both died in hospital in the early hours of the morning. The teacher, of Grace Park Road in Drumcondra, was travelling with her husband towards Dublin when their Seat Toledo collided head-on with a BMW carrying four men, including best friends 28-year-old Glen Curtis and Paul Carroll, 27, who died at the scene.
Mr Curtis, of Dunroe, Nobber, Co Meath, was a front seat passenger while Mr Carroll, of Dunheeda, Kingscourt, Co Cavan, sat in the rear.
Meath County Councillor Eugene Cassidy said the pair were inseparable. "They were very good friends and good guys. You never saw one without the other," he said. "Everyone is in shock that two people so young were killed."
The 28-year-old driver of the BMW, his 31-year-old passenger and the driver of the Seat, aged 32, survived the collision. They remain in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, where two are stable and one remains in a critical condition.
A family of four, including a man in his 40s, woman in her 30s and their two-year-old son and 13-month-old daughter, were in the third car involved in the collision and escaped with minor injuries.
It is understood Ms Connolly lived in the UK before returning to Ireland and still has immediate family in Donegal.
Garda Superintendent Noel Cunningham described the crash as a horrific occurrence and appealed for witnesses to come forward. "We send our condolences to the families and extended families who are affected by this horrendous incident which has occurred, and which has sent a ripple affect right through the community," he said.
Councillor PJ O'Hanlon, chair of Carrickmacross Town Council, said the community was numb. "People woke up this morning to this tragic and devastating news and they are in shock," he said. "Everybody is just in a daze walking about."