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Two tourists (60s) have died after a pony and trap incident at Kerry's Gap of Dunloe

The narrow mountain pass is one of Kerry’s top tourist attractions.

Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

TWO TOURISTS HAVE died after an incident involving a pony and trap on a narrow mountain path that serves as a top tourist attraction in Kerry.

The couple, who were aged in their 60s, died after the carriage they were travelling in went off the road at around 1.40pm this afternoon at the Gap of Dunloe.

The tourists were American, Killarney gardaí told TheJournal.ie. They were pronounced dead at the scene and taken to University Hospital Kerry. The driver of the trap was taken to hospital but is believed to be unharmed.

Gardaí have closed the road near the popular bar and restaraunt Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

Gardaí say they do not yet know when the road will reopen, with their work on the scene ongoing.

The president of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Paul O’Neill said that the local community were “shocked and saddened” by the incident.

“The people of Killarney extend our heartfelt sympathies to all affected by this tragedy and will do whatever we can to support the family during this very sad time.”

Mayor of Killarney Niall Kelleher also extended his sympathies to those affected:

On behalf of the people of Killarney, I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the two people who lost their lives in such tragic circumstance in the Gap of Dunloe this afternoon.

“The tragic incident has caused great shock and upset throughout the entire community,” he said.

The Gap of Dunloe is one of the most naturally beautiful places in the entire country but there is a very dark cloud overhead this evening as everybody tries to come to terms with what has happened. If I can be of any assistance in any way to the relatives of the deceased I am only a phone call away.

The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass forged between the MacGillycuddy Reeks and Purple Mountain. The path is popular with visitors, with locals often guiding tourists who sit on the trap, a light form of carriage, that is pulled by the horse.

The route, approximately 11 kilometres long, passes five lakes, including Auger Lake and Black Lough.

Updated at 9.45pm

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