Five men killed in tragic bank holiday weekend on Irish roads

Five men killed in tragic bank holiday weekend on Irish roads

Five men were killed on the country's roads during a weekend of bank holiday carnage.

The deaths occurred in five separate incidents in Meath, Wicklow, Mayo, Roscommon, and Fermanagh.

A lorry driver was the most recent fatality following a crash on the M1 in Co Meath yesterday.

The man in his 40s was pronounced dead after the vehicle he was driving jackknifed on the motorway.

The incident occurred just south of the toll plaza at Gormanston, shortly after 8.30am.

According to gardai, the truck lost control and struck a lay-by, which is used by gardai as an observation post.

However, the lorry did not overturn and no other vehicles were involved.

The Dublin-bound side of the motorway was closed for several hours following the incident.

Separately, a male pedestrian in his 40s was killed when he was struck by a car in Co Wicklow in the early hours of yesterday.

The man was walking along the Coolgreany Road in Arklow when the accident occurred at approximately 2.20am.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene and his was body taken to St Columcille's Hospital in Loughlinstown. The driver of the car was not injured.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Arklow garda station on 0402 26320.

Meanwhile, the funeral arrangements of a 20-year-old man who died in a crash at Churchfield, Tourmakeady, Co Mayo, have been announced.

Sean Halloran, of Clonbur, Co Galway, was the front-seat passenger in the car, which struck a wall at about 4am on Sunday.

His funeral will take place tomorrow at 1pm at St Patrick's Church, Clonbur.

Sean Murphy, a resident of Clonbur who knew Mr Halloran, said the whole community was in shock.

"It's such a sad thing to have happened," he said.

"The whole town is in a very bad way at the moment - we are all shocked.

"My heart goes out to their families and everyone who knew them," he said.

The second passenger, Orla O'Malley, from Cross in Co Mayo, remains in a critical condition at Mayo University Hospital.

The male driver of the car, who is in his 20s, was also taken to hospital.

On Saturday, a man in his 40s was killed in an accident in Co Roscommon which occurred about 3.20pm.

Oisín Allman died in a single-vehicle crash near Athlone.

Mr Allman was travelling with his wife, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

According to local councillor Liam Callaghan, the Frenchpark native was a "very well respected individual".

"I know the family quite well and the whole community is shocked by the tragic news," he said.

"Oisín had a very successful auctioneering business [in Galway] and was very well liked by everyone who knew him."

Just before 10am on Saturday, Dominic Earley (26) was also killed in a single-vehicle crash in Tempo, Co Fermanagh.

The Omagh man was a member of the Cavan senior football back-room team.

A spokesperson for Cavan GAA confirmed that a minute's silence would be held for Mr Earley before this weekend's Ulster quarter-final with Monaghan.