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Husband and wife who died along with 3-year-old grandson in Tipperary crash named locally 

The victims of last night’s fatal road crash in County Tipperary have been named locally as husband and wife Tom and Bridget O’Reilly, who were killed along with their three-year-old grandson, Tom. 

Tom O’Reilly, (45) his wife Bridget (46) and Tom (3) died after the car they were travelling hit a wall outside of Cashel just after 9pm last night, 29 August.

Across social media, tributes have been paid to the family. Family members shared their devastation, while appealing for prayers.

“World’s gone so cruel. RIP Bridgie and Tom and their little grandson baby Tom. Never seen sadder, heart goes out to all their family,” one tribute read.

“What’s the world coming to. My poor auntie Bridge and her husband Tom and their grandson baby Tom all taken way too soon,” another tribute posted by a family member read.

“Rest in peace to my sister Bridgie and my brother in law Tom and their grandson Tom who passed away tonight, it’s a cruel world we’re living in,” another tribute posted to social media read.

Fr Michael Toomey, a well-known Tipperary priest who led the vigil and ministered to the families of the four victims of last weekend’s crash in Clonmel, took to social media to say there are “no words” in the aftermath of Tuesday night’s tragedy.

“Our Tipperary county suffers again. Thoughts and prayers for those who have died in tonight’s tragedy in Cashel,” he wrote.

In a statement, the Gardaí said that an Garda Síochána and emergency services continue to attend the scene of the single vehicle road traffic collision.

Gardaí confirmed the three fatalities, stating that the adult male and adult female rear seat passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. Their bodies were removed to University Hospital Waterford where a post mortem will take place in due course.

Gardaí said that the three-year-old child was also fatally injured during the collision, and that his body had been taken to Tipperary University Hospital, Clonmel.

The front seat occupants of the car – a male and a female aged in their twenties – have been taken to Tipperary University Hospital where they continue to be treated for serious injuries, Gardaí said.

Clonmel TD Mattie McGrath expressed his sadness at the news last night, as he paod tribute to the victims.

“More heartbreak within our community as a number of people have been killed in a crash near Windmill, Cashel.

“My thoughts and prayers are with all those involved, their families and the emergency services dealing with another tragic road collision,” Mr McGrath wrote.

“There are just no words, what an unbelievably difficult week this has been for the people of Tipperary. Such heartbreaking news when the county is still grieving following Friday nights tragic accident which claimed four young lives.

“May those who have lost their lives Rest in eternal peace.”

The road remains closed on Wednesday morning, and is not expected to reopen for some time, with local diversions in place.

Garda Forensic Collision Investigators (FCI) are attending the scene this morning to conduct an examination, while an incident room has been established at Cahir Garda Station and a Senior Investigating Officer has been appointed to lead the investigation.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this collision to contact the investigation team.
Any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were travelling in the Windmill Knockbulloge area near Cashel between 8.30pm and 9.15pm yesterday evening are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cahir Garda station on 052 617 7640, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

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