A family who lost a daughter in a single vehicle road traffic accident a short distance from her home has expressed their heartfelt appreciation of the work of the emergency services and the manner in which the community rallied to their support.
An inquest into the death of twenty seven year old Aideen O’Donnell Kilconnell, Fethard was told she died in a road traffic accident after the car in which she was driving left the road near her home on 10th July 2010.
The road traffic accident happened on Saturday 10th July after she had been out in Fethard and visited a friends house.
Paul Morris, Coroner was told by M.Eugene Tormey solicitor for the family that Aideen would be forever remembered for her great spirit.She had a young daughter Kaylin who would be well looked after . Aideen had just qualified as a teacher at the Mary Immaculate College in Limerick.
Mr. Tormey said the death of Aideen was a great tragedy for the O’Donnell family and they were utterly devastated by her untimely passing.He said the family wanted to express their appreciation for the work of the gardai and the emergency services who were involved that morning and said they were greatly heartened by the tremendous response of the local community who supported them in their time of great sadness.
“This support was in the best tradition of the Irish countryside,” said Mr.Tormey and that support was of great comfort to the O’Donnell family.
The inquest heard that Aideen was in Fethard on the night of Friday 9th July.In deposition Pat Leahy said he met Aideen in McCarthy’s and they were with friends.They arranged to meet at his house at Derryluskin and they drove separately to his house.They had coffee and biscuits and a chat. Aideen,he said,would be in the habit of calling regularly to the house. She was texting on her mobile from the house and was in good form.At about 3.30am she noticed he was tired and said she would go.
The following morning on the 10th July, topping work was being carried out on a farm and a worker noticed an overturned car in a field.The emergency services were called. Aideen was the only passenger in the car and she was removed from the car by the fire crew.
Coroner Paul Morris said the deceased died as a result of her car leaving the highway and ending up overturned in a field. She died on July 10 at Kilconnell, Fethard as a result of multiple injuries consistent with have been in a road traffic accident.