Three people tragically lost their lives yesterday, as a result of the destruction caused by storm Ophelia.
The first was oncology nurse Clare O’Neill, aged 58, and due to celebrate her 59th birthday today. She tragically lost her life yesterday morning, just after half 11. She died after the car she was driving was struck by a falling tree.
It is understood that the limb of a tree pierced the vehicle in which she was driving. The incident occurred near the village of Aglish Co. Waterford, the deceased’s mother was a passenger in the car at the time. She was injured and transferred to hospital for treatment. Her injuries are described as non-life threatening.
Clare had worked as an oncology nurse and recently as a Cancer Support Co-ordinator. The two women both came from the Clashmore and Aglish areas. The O’Neill family originally come from Cork, but had moved to the area a number of years ago. They were only one kilometre away from the family home at the time of the accident.
The second casualty caused by the storm was a Tipperary man called Michael Pyke. Mr. Pyke, aged 31, died after a tree fell on him while he was trying to move another tree. The incident occurred at approximately 12:30pm on the Ardfinnan road.
Following the incident, Emergency services were called, but Mr. Pyke was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident occurred between the village of Ballylooby and Cahir in Co Tipperary. He was described as a hard working family man by locals.
The third and final victim of yesterday’s storm was father of two, Fintan Goss. Mr. Goss died after a falling tree struck his car in Co. Louth yesterday afternoon. Mr. Goss then became trapped in his car, before being pronounced dead upon the Emergency services arrival.
It is understood the incident occurred at approximately 2:45pm and that tradesman Mr. Goss, aged 33, was travelling home from work early to be with his family. The incident occurred in Ravensdale, Dundalk Co. Louth. He is the father of a three year old girl and recently became a father for the second time. He is survived by his wife Pamela and two children.
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by these tragic losses.