2001-07-28 / Columnists

Meet The Irish by Harry McGuirk

There are terrible happenings here in Ireland. In the North of Ireland it has become a land of fear again with peaceful people being scared out of their lives by pipe bombs and also blast bombs.

To pray for peace is the urge of the vast majority of the people of Ireland. Death on the road is horrifying. If you are coming to Ireland it is urgent that you don’t drink if you are going to drive. The public is appalled at the death rate in the republic.

County Monaghan, a group of relatives were involved in a tragedy. Three children died and a fourth was critically injured. The mother of one of the children who died was in intensive care in Monaghan General Hospital. Gan, Jamie and Shauna all died when the car they were traveling

In hit a milk truck.

The same night a motorcyclist forty-one years of age, died in an in County Antrix. Also a forty-nine year old man was killed at Borris County Carlow. A man knocked down by a car died in County Meath.

The Monaghan crash between a Toyota Corolla and a milk tanker at Swans Cross on the Monaghan, Cootehill Road at 1:20pm; the couple in a Corolla were husband and wife.

Their three children were in the car along with a 13-year-old nephew and a 14-year-old sister of the husband both died at the Monaghan General Hospital. The four-year-old daughter died after arriving at the hospital. Her 10-year-old brother was in intensive care on life support. His mother underwent long surgery. The father and a three-month-old baby were uninjured.

The deaths have piled up still further as I sit and write this report. 218 people have been killed so far this year and still counting. At home or abroad be safe! Reports are coming in of arrests in Athy County Clare of police finding ammunition dumps Naas in Kildare has been mentioned.

The August Bank Holiday will soon be upon us. Something like a million people are expected in Ireland. With all the joviality when the Irish get together, forget the pint and safe home!

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