Last weekend was a devastating one for the Carrick-on-Shannon region as two people died and one was critically injured in three separate incidents.
On Sunday morning at 1.30 am, Colm Boylan, from Navan in Co. Meath, became separated from a stag group in the town and gardaí were notified when he did not rejoin them later that day.
An intensive search commenced and, on Tuesday afternoon, the 33-year-old’s body was discovered near the slipway into the Shannon at Boyle Road.
In the early hours of Sunday morning in Carrick-on-Shannon, a Dublin man sustained serious injuries during an assault.
Gardaí were notified of the incident at 4 am, receiving a report that a man had been beaten up and was lying at Main Street, in an unresponsive state.
The man was brought by ambulance to Sligo University Hospital and later rushed to Beaumont Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.
In nearby Bornacoola on the N4 (Sligo-Dublin road), Joseph Reynolds, 18, died when the car he was travelling in as a front seat passenger, collided with a tractor at 11.50 pm on Sunday.
The youth, from Moyne in Co. Longford, was brought to Mullingar Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The driver and other two occupants of the car were brought to hospital. The driver and one passenger sustained minor injuries, while the other passenger was seriously injured.
All four occupants of the car were male. The driver of the tractor was not injured.
The victim was laid to rest in Legga Cemetery, Co. Longford on Wednesday morning, after Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Legga.