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21-year-old Kieran Colgan will be laid to rest this Thursday after losing his life in a road traffic accident along the N72 at Castleyhde between Fermoy and Ballyhooly on Monday morning.

Originally from Prosperous, Co Kildare and living in Pairc na gCapall, Kilworth, Kieran had been on his way to work at Dairygold in Mallow when he was involved in a crash with a 4X4 vehicle shortly after 8am.

He was the only occupant of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver of the 4X4 vehicle and two young passengers were taken to Cork University Hospital with injuries. The road was closed for a time as Garda Forensic Collision Investigators carried out their investigations of the scene.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information, particularly those who were travelling the N72 on Monday morning are asked to contact Fermoy Garda Station on 025-82100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800666111, or any Garda station.

Kieran was a keen sports fan and had made many friends since moving to the area. We extend our deepest sympathy to his mum Karen and John, his dad Pat and Anne, sister Olivia, brother Darragh, Shauna, Ashley and Heather, grandmother Angela, uncles, aunts, relatives and friends.

This incident followed a number of road traffic accidents over the weekend, including an horrific accident along the N72 near Dungarvan in Waterford that resulted in the deaths of three people, two of them from the Dungarvan area.

Eamon Dixon and Mikey Tobin, both 21, along with a third young man yet to be identified were killed in the accident, while the occupants of a people carrier were taken to local hospitals for treatment. A total of six people have been killed on Irish roads, and 12 injured, in a five day spell. 175 people have lost their lives on Irish roads to date in 2016, 32 more than the same period last year.

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