1 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

THE ENTIRE Co. Monaghan community was shocked and stunned last weekend to learn of the tragic death in an horrific road accident of a young Mid-Monaghan mother-of-two who died when her car was involved in a collision on the N2 main Dublin road.

The tragedy happened during another black weekend on the roads, as four others died in separate accidents.

Mrs Michelle McCabe, who was in her mid-thirties, and a member of a very highly esteemed and popular local family from Kilkitt, Shantonagh, died in the two-car collision which took place at a junction near Castleross Nursing Home, outside Carrickmacross, where, it was reported, she was visiting her father.

A number of others, including the victim’s 62-years-old mother and two young children, were injured in the crash.

The elderly lady sustained severe injuries in the crash but the young children had a miraculous escape from serious injury.


Gardai in Carrickmacross appealed this week for any witnesses to the fatal crash to make contact with them.

The accident happened just before five o’ clock on Friday evening at Tullyvaragh Lower, about five miles from Carrickmacross.

Weather conditions at the time of the accident were very bad and it was understood a number of people stopped at the scene and then left the area, after the emergency services arrived.
Gardai said they were anxious to talk to anyone who had stopped on the roadway and particularly to anyone who travelled on the N2 between Carrickmacross and Castleblayney, between 4.45 p.m. and 5.15 p.m. on Friday evening. Carrickmacross gardai can be contacted on : Tel- 042-9661222.

Following the crash the road was closed until Saturday for a forensic examination by the gardai and traffic diversions were introduced.

The deceased, formerly Michelle McGorman, was a native of Latton, and her untimely death, in such tragic circumstances, has shocked the entire community.

Following news of the tragic accident, neighbours and relatives were visiting the residences of both branches of deceased’s family residence to offer their condolences to her husband and other family members.

There was a huge and representative attendance at the removal of the deceased’s remains from her residence on Tuesday morning last to a packed Sacred Heart Church, Lough Egish, for Requiem Mass, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

There were poignant scenes at the funeral at which the entire community was represented, with many public figures and representatives of the business, professional, social and sporting sectors all present to offer their condolences and pay their last respects. The local GAA and schools were among those represented.

In other road tragedies nationwide over the weekend, a talented young female footballer, Tara Ryan, 21, from Johnstown, Swinford, Co. Mayo was killed in a crash involving a car, truck, and minibus on Friday. And in Co. Kildare two men died in separate road accidents.

A man in his 20’s was killed in a crash in which a garda car was involved on the Naas to Newbridge Road, and another man in his forties died earlier, following a two-car crash near Kinnegad.

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