The first two victims of the tragic collision in Kells which took the lives of three young people and injured three children have been named.
Shane Gilchrist and Saoirse Corrigan were travelling in the same car when they collided with a second vehicle at the N52 in Kells, Meath at around 4.25pm on New Year’s Eve.
Ms Corrigan, the driver of one of the cars, was pronounced dead on the scene, while Mr Gilchirst died while being brought to Connolly Hospital
Both were from Castlepollard and were in a relationship.
A woman in her mid-20s, who was driving the second car, was taken to Connolly Hospital with serious injures, but was later pronounced dead.
Tributes poured in to the young couple on social media as the death notices were published online.
Saoirse, a keen athlete and a post primary teacher, was described as “gentle.”
“The saddest news ever.” wrote one person, adding that Saoirse was the “loveliest bubbliest girl I ever met.”
A second tribute read: “Deepest sympathy to Orlene and family. I had the pleasure of getting to know Saoirse during her time at St Finian’s college. May her gentle soul rest in peace”
While Shane was said to be “such a lovely polite young man” with a gentle soul in numerous tributes posted online.
Funeral details for the pair are to be released in the coming days.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.
A spokesperson said: “Kells gardai are investigating a two car fatal traffic collision on the N52, Lloyds, Kells, Co Meath which occurred yesterday 31/12/2021 shortly after 4pm.
“Any person traveling in the area or with any information or dashcam footage is asked to contact gardai at Kells at 046 9280820.
“Three persons (two female and one male all in their 20s were deceased), three children were taken to hospital for treatment.
“Gardai have completed a forensic examination of the scene, investigations are ongoing.”
Minister for European Affairs Thomas Byrne has also appealed for anyone with information to contact gardai.
He posted on Twitter: “My deepest sympathies to the families of the bereaved and prayerful thoughts with the injured.
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