TWO KILLED AND SEVEN INJURED IN CAVAN MOTOR RALLY

1 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

 Motor sport enthusiasts from all over Ireland are still in a state of shock following last Sunday’s fatal collision during the County Cavan Motor Club special stages rally in which two people were killed.
 30-years-old expectant mother-to-be, Caroline Cleary from Enniskeane, County Cork and 50-years-old sports photographer Joe Lane from Kilgoggin, County Galway, a member of Galway Motor club, were killed when a car appeared to go out of control and crashed into a group of spectators about a mile outside Bailieborough at around 11.15am.
 Ms Cleary was a well known rally car navigator. Her boyfriend Sean Hayde is also a well known rally driver and was due to compete in Sunday’s event.
 Seven people including the driver of the car, Michael Conlon from Castleblayney and his co-driver Aidan Boyle were brought to Cavan General Hospital from the scene of the crash. Four of the victims were later transferred to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
 The event was immediately cancelled and gardai and motor club officials are preparing reports on separate investigations into the tragedy. Gardai in Bailieborough appealed to eye witness to the crash to come forward.
 The Chief Executive of Motorsport Ireland Alex Sinclair said their thoughts and prayers were with the victims families.
 Mr Sinclair also stated that the rally course had been inspected three times prior to the race.
 More than 100 cars were competing in the event which had attracted thousands of spectators from all over the country.

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