Four lives lost in horrific Carrick road tragedy

7 January 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard


COMMUNITIES in counties Monaghan, Cavan, Meath and Dublin, where all the victims had close family links, were shocked and devastated over the New Year by the horrific toll of last week’s three-car pile-up on the main Dublin-Derry N2 at Nurebeg near Carrickmacross, in which four lives were tragically lost.
The crash claimed the lives of two men, aged 27 and 28, and a 39-years-old woman, and her unborn child.
Those who died were Glen Curtis, 28, from Nobber, Co. Meath, and Paul Carroll, 27, of Dunheda, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan, Mrs Roisin Connolly, 39, of Gracepark Manor, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin, and Mrs Connolly’s infant child, named Catherine.
The two men who died were both passengers in a BMW, in which two others, including the driver, Kevin McArdle, a publican from Kingscourt, were injured.
Ms. Connolly, who was accompanied by her husband was a front-seat passenger in her husband’s Seat Toledo car, and was five months’ pregnant.
Feverish efforts by the staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, to save her unborn baby daughter were unsuccessful, and, sadly, the tiny baby died shortly after the passing of her mum.
Ms. Connolly, a former “Mary from Dungloe” festival contestant in 1989, was originally from Fanad, Co. Donegal. Her husband Stephen, an accountant and son of Laois-Offaly TD Ger Connolly, was injured in the crash, but was later said to be “comfortable” after undergoing surgery, and has since been discharged from hospital. The couple were married only last April.
A Kildare couple, and their two children, had a very lucky escape when their vehicle was one of the cars involved in the nightmare collision.
As the funerals of all those who died, took place last week, Paul and Rosie O’Malley, from Castlewarden, Straffan, were still recovering from the trauma of the horrific accident.
The couple, with their two children, who are aged two and thirteen months, were travelling in an Opel Vectra, and had a truly miraculous escape from the carnage.

Full report in The Northern Standard

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