A young Ballindine girl was seriously injured in a road accident near Claremorris town on Friday evening. Clare Geraghty (18) from Cloonraine, Ballindine was rushed to Mayo General Hospital before being transferred to the Beaumont hospital in Dublin where she underwent surgery over the weekend.
The two-car collision happened around 5.30pm at the junction of the old Ballindine road exit onto the main N17 and opposite the Meelickmore road. Emergency crews rushed to the scene and gardaí directed the heavy traffic in the area. The old Ballindine road was closed for a time.
Clare and her twin sister Sheena celebrated their 18th birthdays a week earlier. They are daughters of Bernie and Donal Geraghty and granddaughters of the late Martin O’Donoghue, the founder of the DDAI Centre in Ballindine.
Clare’s brother Donnacha, who was also a passenger in the car, was taken to hospital in Castlebar where his injuries were attended to by the local medical team on duty and thankfully they are not serious.
The Geraghty family have been inundated with messages of support and goodwill over the weekend and prayers have been said for a full recovery for Clare. Her mother Bernie is very well known in local Irish music and dancing circles and has been a prominent member of Comhaltas for many years.
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