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‘Gone in a flash’


South Mayo in mourning following road tragedy

Michael Gallagher

2607 brian-mullin 1000South Mayo has been gripped by a sense of disbelief following the death of two locals in a tragic road collision on Sunday night. Brian D Mullin (pictured) from Cloghans Hill, Kilmaine, and his partner, Sharon Ryan, Carras, Hollymount, were killed when their car collided with another vehicle on the N21 in Limerick.
The couple, both in their 30s, were pronounced dead at the scene. News of the tragedy has been met with raw grief and a sense of devastation, according to Kilmaine GAA official Donal Walsh.
“People are walking around here today in disbelief, wondering how and why this awful pain has come again. There have been so many tragedies here over the years, and just when you think it’s over something like this happens and brings it all back.
“We’re a very tight-knit community and every one of us will gather together and rally round and do everything we can for the two families, but it’s not easy right now. A lot of old wounds have been opened up and there’s huge grief in the area right now,” Walsh told The Mayo News.

‘Absolute shock’
It’s understood that Mr Mullin, brother of well-known Mayo footballer, Oisin, was living in Cork and about to take up employment in Tuam in order to be nearer Sharon’s very successful gym business in the Galway village of Clonberne.
Ms Ryan was the owner and head coach in Phoenix Fitness 247 and her gym was hugely popular in the community, as local priest Fr Tommy Commins told The Mayo News.  
“On Monday morning, the gym here at the entrance to the GAA pitch wasn’t open as usual… People wondered what was wrong, but nobody could have imagined the news they were about to hear. Two young people gone in a flash – it’s hard to get one’s head around it.
“Sharon was very well-liked in the community and people are in a state of absolute shock at the moment. They cannot believe what they’re hearing. She was so energetic and was so much part of everything that was going on, especially with the underage girls football teams. There has been great success here in recent years with the Ladies football and there was a great atmosphere in the place, but this news has rattled people to the core.
“All we can do right now is say how sorry we are to hear this awful news and pray for those who grieve two fine young people.”
Fr Mike Murphy, the parish priest in Sharon’s native Roundfort parish was in Lourdes when he heard the tragic news on Monday morning. “I don’t know what to say really. Sharon’s parents, Peter and Ann, live just across from the church in Carras and my heart goes out to them, the rest of the family and all the Mullins.
“I’d know the Mullins through sport and some of them went to school in Roundfort. When you leave the parish of Roundfort and head into Kilmaine the Mullins house is the first you’ll meet. I can only imagine the sadness across the area today.”
Funeral arrangements had not been announced at the time of going to press.