Accident victim mourned

The funeral arrangements have been confirmed for the man who died in a car crash outside Roscommon town last Sunday night. The victim was Gerry Roan (40), a single man from Creggs.

  The removal will take place at 8 pm at St Mary’s Church, Kilbegnet, near Creggs, today (Thursday). The funeral Mass will take place on Friday at 10 pm, with burial afterwards in Kilbegnet Cemetery.

  Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Roan will be held at the same Church on Easter Sunday at 10 am.

  The late Mr. Roan was the driver of a vehicle that struck another car at around 11.20 pm on Sunday at Carramore on the Roscommon-Athlone Road. The location is about 1.5 miles from the county town.

  He was taken by ambulance to Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, where he was later pronounced dead.

  It was the first fatality on the Roscommon roads since 2014.

  There was no one else in Mr. Roan’s car, while there were two females – one aged in her mid-40s, the other in her mid-teens – in the other car.

  On Wednesday evening, Gardaí said that they both remained in a serious but non-life threatening condition at Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore.

  The Roscommon-Athlone road was closed until mid-morning on Monday while Gardaí conducted a forensic investigation. 

  An incident room has been established at Roscommon Garda Station and an investigation is underway, but it remains in its early stages.

  Sgt. Adrian Queeney said: “We are appealing for any witnesses that would have been on the travel route on the night in question between 11 am and 11.30 am. Some witnesses have already come forward.”

  Mr. Roan was well-known in Creggs and his death has plunged the area into grief. Among the chief mourners are his mother, Breege, and his brother, John, and his two sisters, Stella and Annette.