20 May 2022

'Our hearts are broken': family and friends pay moving tribute to young man killed in Longford road crash

Ciaran McDonnell

The late Ciaran McDonnell

A young man killed in a single vehicle road crash outside Granard yesterday has been named locally. 


Ciaran McDonnell, who was aged in his early 20s, from Longford town, died when the car in which he was the sole occupant of, left the road between Granard and Balinalee (R194) at Clonfin.

Gardaí are trying to determine both the cause and exact time of the tragedy after the car involved in the incident was some distance from the road and partially submerged in water shortly before 11am yesterday.

In a bid to further those enquiries, investigating gardaí have launched a public appeal and are seeking anyone with dash cam footage from the area at the time of the incident to come forward.

Gardaí in Longford appeal for witnesses after man (20s) killed in single vehicle Granard crash

A man in his early twenties has been killed in a single vehicle road accident outside Granard, the Leader can reveal.

Meanwhile, tributes to the late Mr McDonnell, led by the Longford man's family, have poured in online.

His heartbroken brother Shane told of how he had been left "broken" by the loss of his younger sibling.

"I love you with all of my heart," he wrote in an emotional tribute. "You were my best friend. I’ll never forget you. We used to have a few drinks and nearly kill each other but that was us.

"I'm broken without you brother."

Those sentiments were shared on Mr McDonnell's own Facebook page as friends of the young Longford man paid their own respects.

"One of the nicest boys you could meet," said one friend. "What's the world coming to?"

Another friend spoke of how she had been left in "shock" at news of the tragedy.

"RIP beautiful, until we meet again," she wrote.

Local Cllr PJ Reilly said the tragic events of yesterday had stunned the local community.

"It's deeply saddening to see a young man of his age lose his life. I want to pass on my condolences to his family and it just goes to show you how dangerous the roads are," he said.

Details surrounding the tragic events of yesterday comes after four people lost their lives in separate road incidents since New Year's Eve.

Saoirse Corrigan and Shane Gilchrist, both in their 20s, of Castlepollard County Westmeath and young mother  Julieanne Kehoe (27) were killed in a two car collision in Co Meath on New Year’s Eve.

That was followed on New Year's Day when a male motorcyclist, aged 19, was killed when his bike struck a lamppost at Sillogue Road in Ballymun.

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