Teen dies in crash
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
A teenager from Newry was one of seven people killed on roads, north and south, at the weekend. It is understood that 19-year-old Niall Murphy died at the scene of the accident on the Dublin Road when his blue Ford Fiesta collided with a brown Nissan Qashqai. 67-year-old Joan Connor from Drogheda was a passenger in the Qashqai and she died of her injuries in hospital.
Mr Murphy was a waiter in O'Dowd's bar in the town and manager of the bar in the Francis Court hotel complex, Kevin McKinney, speaking to the Irish News, paid tribute to the young man: " Niall had been working for us for about four years and was planning to go to college in the autumn. He was a lovely lad, very popular and a great character.
“He was a great employee and we are all in shock. His work colleagues are in a state of grief. Niall lived life to the full and he will be certainly very solely missed."
Daire Hughes, Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council extended his condolences to the families of both those killed: "The news of further fatalities on our roads has shocked and saddened the entire community and on their behalf, I extend deepest sympathies to the families of those tragically killed."
Newry and Mourne SDLP councillor, John McArdle also expressed his sympathies at the tragic news.
“The weather was terrible on Saturday and the accident happened on the main Belfast to Dublin Road on what was a very busy day for traffic with the bank holiday in the Republic," he said.
“I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the grieving families in Newry and Drogheda."
Prayers were offered at all masses in the Newry Cathedral parish on Sunday morning for Mr Murphy and Mrs Connor. Fr Tony Corr said: "Masses have been said at all three churches of the parish for Niall and all his family."
Police have appealed for witnesses to the collision, or anyone who was travelling on the road between 5.15pm and 5.40pm, to get in contact with them by contacting the Collision Investigation Unit by calling the non-emergency number 101.
Since last Friday, five people have died on the north's roads in road traffic accidents as well as two in the south.
Assistant Chief Constable, Stephen Martin, who is head of the PSNI road policing team said: "Five people have died on our roads since Friday. The devastation this brings to families, friends and local communities is immeasurable.
“This sharp spike has again brought into focus the real need for all road users to take responsibility for their actions."
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