A seven-year-old girl has been released from intenstive care following a car crash that claimed her mother’s life. The incident, which occurred on Saturday last (August 25) at 6pm, resulted in the tragic death of Dolores McCormack (52).
A native of Moyvore, Ms McCormack was travelling along the road at Ballagh, approximately two miles outside Mullingar. Her two children, Bronagh (7) and Katie (14), were also occupants of the car when it was involved in a collision with a second vehicle.
Bronagh was taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar, and then transferred to the intensive care unit at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, from which she was later released. Katie was also admitted to hospital for minor injuries.
Speaking to the Leader, Cllr Johnny Penrose of Ballynacargy said: “The community here is greatly shocked. Earlier this month we had another fatal car accident which claimed the lives of two men. And now, this is a mother of two children. It’s a sad time for all the families and it’s a tough time. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to them.”
A man, aged in his 40s, who was the sole occupant of the second vehicle was taken to Tallaght Hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Born and reared in Moyvore, Ms McCormack lived with her partner, Pat, in Balrath, near Delvin, County Westmeath. She has strong family connections in the Ballymahon area and the local community there are deeply shocked by the tragic news.
This is the second fatal accident to happen in the Mullingar area within a week, after the death of soldier Lee Scally and Quentin Reilly, in a single vehicle accident outside the town on August 18 last.