15 July 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

TWO families were engulfed in grief this week after separate weekend tragedies which claimed two lives in Mid-Monaghan and left a third man seriously injured in hospital.
The first fatality took place late on Sunday night on the main Castleblayney-Ballybay Road (R183) at Killycrum, a short distance from Doohamlet village, in which a pedestrian, Michael Murphy, in his mid-thirties, of Cois Locha, Doohamlet, was struck by a car which also collided with a roadside wall at a dwelling, causing severe head and shoulder injuries to the driver, also a local man in his twenties. He was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda for his injuries.
The Garda Ombudsman was called in to investigate the accident after reports that a garda car was on the roadway, traveling some distance behind the vehicle involved in the fatality.
Gardai sealed off the roadway for several hours on Monday and traffic diversions were in operation while a forensic examination was carried out at the scene.,
Gardai also quizzed a number of people in the area in the ongoing probe into the circumstances of the accident.
The late Mr. Murphy, who was originally from Co. Louth, was extremely popular in the Doohamlet area and had been living in the district, with his partner and their children, for the past two years. Our sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved family on the tragic accident.
A post mortem examination took place on the remains earlier this week and an inquest will be held later.
The second tragic fatality which also took place shortly after midnight on Sunday involved a twenty-years-old Castleblayney man, Padraig McHugh, son of Martin and Annette McHugh, Cashel, Annyalla. The deceased’s father operates a business establishment in Kells, Co. Meath, and his mother is daughter of the late John and ‘Queenie’ McManus of the Ballymacmanus Bar in Castleblayney.
Padraig was fatally injured when his vehicle got out of control and crashed through a hedge at a dangerous bend along the Churchill Road at Drumakill, near Castleblayney.
The vehicle ploughed down an embankment into Lough Muckno, which adjoins the roadway.
The vehicle was spotted at the lake early on Monday morning after a search was launched. Mr. McHugh was pronounced dead at the scene.Our sincere condolences are offered to his bereaved parents and family circle.
It was reported the victim had been using his mobile phone, shortly before the accident.
A post mortem on the deceased took place on Tuesday last. The deceased’s remains are being removed today (Thurs) at 11 a.m. from his residence to St. Mary’s Church, Castleblayney, for Requiem Mass at 12 noon and burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Both tragic deaths have shocked and stunned the entire Mid-Monaghan community as relatives try to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones in such harrowing circumstances.
Gardai have issued an appeal for any information that might assist in their investigations into both tragedies.
They are anxious to talk to anyone who was in the vicinity of both tragedies on Sunday night or early on Monday morning, or were in prior contact with either of the victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the gardai at Carrickmacross (Tel 042 966122) or the Garda Confidential telephone number : 1800 666 111.

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