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Plea to slow down after three die in crash
by John Carroll
GARDAI in Thurles, Co Tipperary, last night warned motorists to slow down after three people were killed in a two car crash in the early hours of yesterday morning. The three victims were killed in a head on collision on the main Dublin to Cork road, four miles north of Cashel at about 3.20am. They were named, yesterday, as 23 year old Alan Gaffney from Maynooth, Co Kildare; 22 year old Michael Brown from Kilmalogue, Cahir, Co Tipperary, and 19 year old Annmarie Brunic also from Cahir. All three were killed near Ballytarsna on the N8 in Tipperary, between the townland of Horse and Jockey and Cashel. Mr Gaffney, who worked at the ESB power station in Aghada, Co Cork, was travelling alone and is understood to have been driving towards Dublin. The bodies were later taken to Cashel Hospital. Gardaí in Thurles were last night continuing their investigation into the accident.
A spokesperson for Thurles gardaí said the area has claimed a number of lives over the past 10 years, but part of the townland was not marked as a blackspot area. "It's a fairly bad part of the road; there's been a few accidents over the past 10 years." "We'd appeal to motorists to slow down on the road and take care of themselves," he said. The accident brings to 359 the number of deaths on Irish roads this year - 414 people lost their lives in car accidents last year
Irish Independent 18 11 00
Three killed in head-on collision
THE number of road deaths continued to spiral yesterday when three young lives were claimed in a two-car collision in County Tipperary, to bring the total number of deaths this month to 17. The latest accident happened at around 3.20 am yesterday in what appears to have been a head-on collision on a slight bend, at Ballytarsna, Horse and Jockey, some four miles from Cashel on the main Dublin to Cork road. Michael Brown (22) from Kilmalogue, three miles from Cahir, and his girlfriend Anne Marie Brunwick (19) from Mountain View, Cahir were believed to have been travelling home after a night out in Thurles when their Mitsubishi Lancer car collided with that of Alan Gaffney, from Bellview, Mairiaville, Maynooth. Mr Gaffney was in his early 20s.All three were dead when rescue services arrived. Both cars, which ended up on opposite hard shoulders, were on fire by the time fire officers came on the scene. Sergeant Sean Sherlock, of Thurles gardai, said yesterday that they are still unclear as to how the accident occurred but will be carrying out a full investigation. The accident happened on a bend and while the road surface was wet at the time, driving conditions are thought to have been good.
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