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Lisacul man dies in Carracastle road accident


Michael Commins

A young west Roscommon man died from injuries sustained when his car left the old Charlestown to Carracastle road around 3pm on Saturday. Alan O’Dowd from Currasallagh, Lisacul, became the latest person to lose his life on Mayo roads in a year that has now claimed nine lives so far in 2017, more than double the number for the whole of 2016. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Mayo University Hospital where a post-mortem examination was due to be carried out.
Alan, who was in his mid-20s, was son of Bridie (nee Jennings) and Marty O’Dowd and was one of a family of four. He had been employed as a driver with Barna Waste for some time.
In his teenage years he was a member of the local Foroige Club in Lisacul. The family have also had close associations with the Éire Óg GAA Club over the years. Reposing takes place in The Sharkey Funeral Home, Ballaghaderreen, today (Tuesday) from 4pm until 7pm, followed by Removal to Christ the King Church, Lisacul, arriving at 8pm. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday at 12noon, followed by interment in Lisacul Cemetery.
Alan is deeply mourned by his parents Marty and Bridie; his son Noah; brother Nigel; sisters Leona and Natasha; grandparents Seán and Ann (Jennings); Nigel’s fiancée, Sarah; his uncles Seán, Paddy, Paul, Michael, Brendan and David; aunts Geraldine and Mary-Catherine; cousins, relatives, neighbours and many friends.
The road was closed for a period of time on Saturday but re-opened following an examination of the crash site by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Claremorris Garda Station on 094 9372080.

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