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Tragic loss Dad who died in crash was ‘going to make a significant contribution’ to environmental science

The family had been due to relocate to Carlow where Karzan had taken up a role with Teagasc, the Agricultural and Food Development Authority.

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Karzan Sabah Ahmed (left), Shahen Qasm and their eight-month-old baby Lena

Karzan Sabah Ahmed (left), Shahen Qasm and their eight-month-old baby Lena

Karzan Sabah Ahmed (left), Shahen Qasm and their eight-month-old baby Lena

A father who died with his wife and baby daughter in a car crash last week was “going to make a significant contribution” to environmental science.

Karzan Sabah Ahmed (36), Shahen Qasm (31), and their eight-month-old Lena were killed following a road collision in Galway last Thursday.

Polish national Jonasz Lach (42) was driving the wrong way down the M6 at speeds of up to 120km/h before he ploughed head on into their car near Ballinasloe.

The family were originally from the Kurdistan region, north Iraq, and had recently been living in Galway city.

They had been due to relocate to Carlow where Karzan had taken up a role with Teagasc, the Agricultural and Food Development Authority.

In a statement the state agency expressed their sadness at the tragic deaths while paying tribute to their colleague.

“After completing his PhD in Environmental Science in a joint NUIG – Teagasc FarmEcos project, Karzan commenced a research position in Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow on the BioCrops Project.

“Although Karzan had only recently started working with us he had already impressed everyone who met him with his enthusiasm, work ethic and friendly demeanour.

“A skilled entomologist with extensive experience in Iraq, UK and Ireland, Karzan had already published widely and it was clear he was going to make a significant contribution and achieve his goals.

“At this time, our thoughts and prayers go out to Karzan and Shahen’s families in Iraq and their extended network of friends in the Irish Kurdish community.,” Teagasc said.

The agency added that they are in the process of compiling a book of condolences to pass onto the family.

Plans are also being put in place for a memorial service which will take place at a later date at NUI Galway.

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The families loved ones in Kurdistan are also hoping to repatriate them home as soon as possible.

Hiwa Wahab, the founder of the Kurdish Art Nergz Group, said the Irish Kurdish community was “devastated” by the scale and horror of the crash.

“This young family had a huge, bright future to establish. They had a beautiful life in Ireland, and look what has happened to them.”

A funeral service for Jonasz Lach is also due to be held for immediate family and friends. A death notice had been posted online but has since been removed.

Lach had been living in the Portumna area of Galway and was facing charges relating to dangerous driving in Dublin.

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