Three people killed on Irish roads overnight


Three people have been killed on Irish roads this Bank Holiday weekend.

A 20-year-old died and a second motorist was injured today when their cars collided head-on at Kilcash, Carrick On Suir, on the main Clonmel to Kilkenny road at 3am.

Both were alone in the car.

He was later identified as Daniel Mahon, 20, from Kilvemnon, Mullinahone.

Gardaí in Dublin are also investigating a second fatal accident early this morning at Glenvar Park, Crosse Avenue, Blackrock.

A male driver in his 30s was killed when his car hit a tree.

He was alone in the car at the time and his body was removed to St Vincent's Hospital.

A motorcyclist died when his bike struck a ditch at Barronsland, Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny, yesterday afternoon.

The 42-year-old man was pronounced dead on arrival at St Lukes Hospital in the town.

Gardaí named the victim as James Lee, of Kilree, Bennettsbridge. No other vehicle was involved.

The latest fatalities happened despite a major garda crackdown this weekend, with checkpoints in force across the country to stop drink-drivers.

Officers are targeting a major town or centre in every garda division as part of the operation, which is running until tomorrow.

The three dead takes the number of fatalities from road accidents so far this year to 174.

Three people were also killed and 54 people injured over the June Bank Holiday weekend last year.

Meanwhile, Gardaí have named the 95-year-old man killed in a crash at Coole, Co Westmesth on the Friday, as John Clarke Clonmore, Lismacaffrey, Co Westmeath.