North Westmeath GAA community numbed by New Year's Eve tragedy

January 03, 2022

TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

The close-knit GAA community in and around Castlepollard in Co. Westmeath has been left devastated by the New Year's Eve car crash which claimed the lives of a popular young couple.

Saoirse Corrigan and Shane Gilchrist, who were both in their 20s, died in a two-car collision on the N52 slip road in Kells, Co. Meath last Friday afternoon. The driver of the other car, 29-year-old Julie-Anne Kehoe from Wexford, also passed away, while three children accompanying her - two baby girls and a 12-year-old boy - were taken to hospital.

Many tributes have been paid to the deceased on social media. Saoirse, who had only recently taken up a teaching post at St Clare's College in Ballyjamesduff, was a member of a well-known Ringtown GAA family, with her grandfather MJ being a former chairman of the Westmeath Hurling Board.

Shane hurled with Castlepollard and was part of the Castlepollard Community College team that won a North Leinster senior hurling championship in 2015. He also scored 0-12 from midfield in the previous year's junior quarter-final.




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