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Sad loss Cousin of woman killed in Cork road accident says she will be 'greatly missed'

"You would always see her out and around the town or helping with the Tidy Towns"

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Cllr John Paul O’Shea

Cllr John Paul O’Shea

Cllr John Paul O’Shea

A cousin of a Cork woman who was killed in a road accident on Tuesday in Kanturk has said she will be missed greatly by all who knew her. 

Esther Barrett, who was in her 60s, was described by her cousin, local councillor John Paul O’Shea, as “very much a part of the town of Kanturk”.

Cllr O’Shea said he was very saddened to hear of Esther’s passing “in such tragic circumstances."

“She was a cousin of mine,” Cllr O'Shea said. “She was very much a part of the town of Kanturk. You would always see her out and around the town or helping with the Tidy Towns. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”

In a post on Facebook, The Kanturk Men's Shed said: “On a sad note tonight the mens shed would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Esther Barrett, Harte-Barry Place, who died tragically this morning.

“Esther was often seen helping Trish O'Neill in the grotto and surrounding areas here in Greenane in keeping the place clean and tidy and like Trish she spent many an evening given up her time to help keep this beautiful town clean and tidy.

“As a neighbour Esther was willing to help out anytime her assistance was called on and will be missed here in Greenane. Rip Esther, may you be welcomed to into heaven with all our best wishes.”

Dozens of comments were left in sympathy including one that reads: “That's a lovely tribute to Esther, the voluntary work done in our local areas does not go unnoticed, RIP Esther."

A notice on RIP.ie states that Esther of Harte-Barry Place, Greenane, Kanturk, Cork and formerly of Lombardstown, Cork is the beloved daughter of the late Patrick and Julia Barrett.

“Sadly missed by her loving sister, brothers, sisters in law, brother in law, nieces, nephews, kind neighbours, relatives and friends,” it adds.

Esther's Funeral Mass shall take place privately on Friday at 1.30pm in St John the Baptist Church, Ballyclough followed by private cremation in the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy.

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People flooded the condolences section with messages with one offering their sympathies to the extended Barrett family on the passing of Esther.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time,” it adds.

Gardaí are appealing to any person who was on Greenane Street Lower, Kanturk, or the immediate vicinity on the morning of the incident to contact them.

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