Tragedy in north Clare as two motorcyclists are killed

Tragedy in north Clare as two motorcyclists are killed



The injured pillion passenger was taken to hospital by air ambulance – Photo: © Pat Flynn, 2014

Two people died late yesterday and a third person was injured in a collision involving two motorcycles in Co Clare.

The incident happened at around 6.45pm about a kilometre from the north Clare town of Lisdoonvarna on the N67 Ennistymon road.

A group of three motorcycles, with two persons on each and all believed to be from Chile, were travelling in one direction. A lone motorcyclist, thought to be a German national, was driving the opposite way.

While gardaí are investigating the cause of the incident, it’s believed one of the motorcycles from the group of three collided with the bike travelling in the opposite direction.

The lone motorcyclist is understood to have died in the collision. The driver and pillion passenger on the second bike were also injured.

Paramedics battled to resuscitate the second motorcyclist while an air ambulance was requested to airlift the casualty to hospital. The injured woman was also treated by paramedics at the scene for less serious injuries.

Two units of the fire brigade from Ennistymon along with ambulances from Ennistymon and Ennis rushed to the scene. A rapid response advanced paramedic unit, also from Ennis, was also sent to the incident.

The Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) air ambulance was scrambled to airlift the most seriously injured driver and landed in a farmers field a short distance from the scene. The second motorcyclist was also pronounced dead at the scene however.

The pillion passenger was airlifted to Galway University Hospital for treatment. She was taken by road ambulance to the helicopter landing site. Her injuries are not believed to be serious.

The body of one of the victims remained at the scene last night while the second was removed to the mortuary at University Hospital Limerick. Post mortem examinations are expected to be carried today.

The road remained closed last night while a forensic examination of the scene was expected to be carried out early today.

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses and have asked anyone who was in the area at the time to contact the Gardai in Ennistymon on 065 7072180, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.