Mum and son killed in crash named locally
A GALWAY community is reeling today after the death of a young mum and her teenage son.
The young woman who was in her 30s was killed alongside her 14-year-old son when the car they were travelling in hit a tree at around 9.45pm on Sunday night.
The victims have been named locally as Tina Kelly and her son Joey.
The Kelly family is well known in the area and in horse racing circles, as the woman’s father Tom Kelly is a well known horse trainer.
Locals in Ballygar Co Galway told of their shock this morning as news of the double tragedy spread.
This is the second tragedy to befall the family in recent years. In December 2014, Tina’s sister died at the family home.
Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council, Michael Connolly said the area was reeling this morning as news of the tragedy spread.
“They are just the nicest family and really well respected in the area. This is a huge shock for the whole community who will rally around the family.
“It’s a terrible situation and everybody is in a state of shock this morning. Her parents Tom and Margaret are lovely people and have already suffered a terrible loss with the death of another daughter Carol just a year and a half ago.
“It’s a huge shock and a terrible tragedy to have lost two daughters and a grandson in such a short space of time,” he said.
The heartbroken Kelly family, including parents Tom and Margaret, two brothers and one surviving sister are being comforted by family and neighbours this morning.
Ms Kelly and her son were the only occupants of the car when it hit the tree last night. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
It is understood a nurse came on the scene of the accident last night but was unable to do anything to help the mother and her young son.
A local priest also attended the scene and prayed for the tragic family.
Their remains were taken to University Hospital Galway where post mortem examinations will be carried out.
The road is closed this morning to allow Gardai to carry out a technical examination.