Young woman and bookmaker die in separate road crashes
Two people died in separate road crashes yesterday -- taking the total number of people killed in road accidents in the Republic so far this year to 142 .
In Co Kilkenny a 23-year-old woman driver was killed and a man was injured when her car was involved in a collision with a truck.
It happened at 5.20pm on the N9 near Paulstown, Co Kilkenny. The man, who was a passenger in the car, suffered minor injuries and was taken to St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny. The driver of the truck was uninjured.
In Co Mayo, a well-known bookmaker was killed and his wife injured after their car was in a collision with a van carrying a cherry picker lift in Co Mayo.
The man was named locally last night as Peter Meenan (61), who was known across Co Mayo through his business Peter Meenan Bookmakers.
His wife, Joan, was taken to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar for treatment for her injuries. Her condition was last night described as stable.
The crash occurred between 2.30pm and 2.45pm yesterday on the main Claremorris to Ballyhaunis Road, the N60, at the townland of Cuilmore.
The car had been travelling towards Claremorris at the time of the impact.
Mr Meenan, who has a grown-up family of one daughter and three sons, was pronounced dead at the scene. The two people in the van were uninjured.
Mr Meenan was a native of Co Donegal but had been living in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, for many years. He ran a bookmaker's premises in Knock, and previously had another shop in Ballyhaunis.
Councillor John Cribbin, from Ballyhaunis, described the accident as a "tragic" loss of life.
"There is shock and sadness all over the place. He was a great businessman and a great family man and was both very popular and highly respected in the local community," he said.
Richard Finn, a Claremorris councillor, described Mr Meenan as an "extremely good businessman".
In Kilkenny, a community was plunged into grief last night after a third person was killed on the roads in a five-mile radius in just over a week.
The latest victim was a 23-year-old woman from Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, who died after her car collided with a truck on the N9 just outside Paulstown.
Gardai are investigating the crash. The local community is still coming to terms with the death of young Slovakian man Milan Mican.
Mr Mican was killed instantly when his motorbike smashed into an SUV early on Saturday morning on a road between Bagenalstown and Borris, Co Carlow.
And earlier that same day a 17-year-old's life was cut short after he crashed into a wall on the N9.
Shane Breen from Co Kilkenny had been celebrating the results of his Leaving Cert earlier that night and was due to attend his debs on the day he was buried.