The woman who died in a two-car collision in Donegal town yesterday morning has been named locally as 26-year-old Deirdre Burke of Tymeen, Letterbarrow, Drimarone.
Garda Inspector Denis Joyce confirmed that the collision, between a van and a car travelling in opposite directions, occurred at 9.40am at Ardlenagh, just a few kilometres south of the town centre.
The road remained closed to traffic most of yesterday, for technical investigations.
The deceased, a registered nurse who had recently moved to Australia and was engaged, was the driver of one of the vehicles. It is understood that she had come home to attend a wedding.
The driver and a passenger in the other vehicle, understood to be sisters who run a local crafts business, were taken to Letterkenny General Hospital by ambulance. Their injuries were described as “not life-threatening”.
Anyone who witnessed the accident is to contact the Gardaí at Donegal Town on 074-9740190
Donegal County Councillor John Boyle said it was “terrible news”. He added: “The Burkes are a very well-known and well-respected family. This is a terribly sad occasion, a tragedy for the family to lose a beautiful daughter in such a way. My heart goes out to them and I wish to convey my most heartfelt condolences.”
Local curate, Fr Adrian Gavigan, comforted the Burke family at Letterkenny General Hospital yesterday. He told the Democrat/People’s Press yesterday: “This is a really dark day in Drimarone. There is a dark cloud over Drimarone as the horrible news sinks in.
“The Burkes are a very close family and this is a very closely-knit community.
“Deirdre’s death is a terrible tragedy. She was a young lady that loved life and everything was going well for her.
“Her family hope to receive her remains home this evening. Funeral arrangements have not yet been confirmed.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this terrible time.”