#UPDATE – Garda appeal as Limerick fatal accident victim named

The scene of the fatal accident at the Cat's Cadle outside Ballyneety.

GARDAÍ have renewed their appeal for witnesses and dash cam footage after a young County Limerick man died when his car left the road, and crashed into a wall, in the early hours of this (Monday) morning.

The victim, named locally as Luke Buckley from Grange, died after his car struck a wall at The Cat’s Cradle bar, near a sharp bend outside the village of Ballyneety.

No other vehicle was involved and no other persons were in the car, said Gardaí.

Firefighters from the Limerick City and County Fire Service used cutting equipment to free the victim from the wreckage. Despite the best efforts of emergency first responders he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Local Independent councillor Brigid Teefy said the area was in shock following the tragedy which had cast a cloud of sadness over the community.

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“I pass on my deepest sympathies to his parents Michael and Julie, and the rest of their children. They are very nice people,” said Ms Teefy.

“A young man starting out on life, it’s a terrible huge tragedy for the family and for the locality and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad time.”

Gardaí issued a nationwide public appeal on Sunday for motorists “to take care over the remainder of this Bank Holiday weekend”.

Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman, with responsibility for Roads Policing and Community Engagement, said: “In the last 72 hours my colleagues in An Garda Síochána and in the other Emergency Services across the country have responded to a number of tragic fatal incidents, too many families have suffered trauma already this weekend.”

Speaking in relation to general road safety, Assistant Commissioner Hilman added: “No matter what activity you are taking part in this weekend to please take care. Please ensure that you are following all the appropriate safety advice. If you are travelling on our roads I appeal to drivers ‘please slow down’ and ask all road users to take care over the remaining days of this Bank Holiday Weekend.”