A car accident on the outskirts of Kiltimagh claimed the lives of two young local men in the early hours of Saturday morning. Seamus Walsh and Roy Dodgson died instantly when the car in which they were travelling struck a wall before crossing the main road, overturning, and bursting into flames after coming to rest against another wall. They were heading back into Kiltimagh when the accident took place.
Seamus Walsh from Goulboy, Kiltimagh would have celebrated his 26th birthday on Monday, the day he was brought to Kiltimagh Church. He was one of a family of three and is survived by his parents Dee and Mary (nee Burke from Cloondace, Knock), brother David and sister Bernie. He worked with TL Roofing which is based in Kiltimagh.
Roy Dodgson (23) was originally from the Liverpool area. The family moved to Mayo a number of years ago and now reside in Rath Cluain, Kiltimagh. He is survived by his parents Cheryl and Trevor, brother David and sister Jenny.
News of the tragedy caused profound shock throughout the area over the weekend. First on the scene was Jimmy Campbell outside whose house the car came to rest. He immediately alerted his neighbour Declan Shannon across the road who is a member of Kiltimagh Fire Brigade. Within minutes, the local brigade was on the scene but there was nothing they could do in the circumstances.
Local Parish Priest, Fr Paddy Kilcoyne, said: “Two young men, full of life, suddenly gone. It’s a terrible tragedy for this community today. It happens to so many communities. We are all doing our best to comfort the families in some small little way.”
Garda Inspector Mick Murray of the Traffic Corps described the accident as ‘pretty horrendous’. He said: “The vehicle collided with a pillar outside a house (Aidan and Bridie Staunton’s). It obviously went out of control and ploughed into a bank. It came across the road in some kind of spinning form and made contact with the wall on the other side and finally came to rest upside down. Shortly thereafter, it appears the vehicle burst into flames.”
Local county councillor, Eugene Lavin, said: “The town is completely in shock and numbed with the death of two young men. It’s an awful tragedy. A number of people have died on the same stretch of road over the years. The hearts of all go out to the families involved in this terrible tragedy.”
Seamus Walsh was interred in Kilkinure Cemetery following Requiem Mass in Kiltimagh Church on Tuesday. The remains of Roy Dodgson will be removed from O’Hora’s Funeral Home to Kiltimagh Church on Tuesday evening at 8pm and burial takes place in Kilkinure Cemetery following Requiem Mass at 12 noon on Wednesday.