Three friends die in festival crash
Three close friends have been killed in a road accident after enjoying the first day at the Listowel racing festival.
Tommy Murphy and Thomas Homes, both aged 32 and Richard Furey, 37, had been in a cab which collided with a car on the main N21 Limerick to Kerry road.
They were returning to Newcastle West for their usual Sunday night together in the Dollar Bar when the crash happened.
Mr Furey's wife Patricia had been sitting in the pub waiting for the well-known butcher to come in when news filtered through of the accident.
Initial reports suggested the car might have suffered a blow out on a dangerous stretch of the road before colliding with the cab.
The dead men, all from the Newcastle West area, took a few days off work around this time every year to enjoy the Listowel races.
Jerome Scanlan, local Fine Gael councillor, visited Mr Homes' parents, personal friends in Feonanagh, to express his sympathies.
"The mood in the town is absolutely sombre. They are distraught," he said.
"Tommy was the type of guy who came out to Feonanagh to help on the farm in every way he could."
He added: "They were just the nicest bunch of guys you could meet."