22 January 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

THE wider Mid-Monaghan community was stunned and deeply saddened by the news on Thursday last of a tragic road accident near Lough Egish in which a 70-years old pensioner Mr. Pat Connolly of Brackley, Loughmourne, was fatally injured.

It appeared the deceased, who was a hugely popular local resident, was driving a car which was involved in a collision at approximately 5.45 pm at Cooltrimegish, Castleblayney—on the main Ballybay to Carrickmacross Road about six miles from Ballybay

The deceased’s car collided with a tractor pulling a trailer with a feeder. The late Mr. Connolly was seriously injured in the crash and was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where he was later pronounced dead.

The 54-years-old driver of the tractor, a local man, was uninjured in the collision but sustained severe shock.

Gardai at Carrickmacross were investigating the circumstances of the tragedy and were appealing for any eye-witnesses to come forward.

Witnesses were asked to contact the gardai at Carrickmacross on 042 9690190, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

The road was closed temporarily to facilitate a forensic collision examination and diversions were put in place.

There was large and representative attendance at the removal of the remains of the deceased to the Sacred Heart Church, Lough Egish, on Sunday morning last for requiem mass and funeral .

Following the mass the deceased’s remains were interred in the adjoining cemetery. The funeral was also largely attended, testifying to the high esteem in which the deceased was held within the community.

Our sincere sympathy is extended to the entire family circle on their sad tragic bereavement.

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