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Gardaí appeal for witnesses to fatal crash in Tipperary which left 26-year-old woman dead

Nicola Kenny had given birth the day before the crash and was travelling to Dublin to see her child.

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GARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses to a fatal road collision in Tipperary on Monday in which a young woman was killed, just one day after she had given birth.

The crash between a car and a truck occurred on the M8, Northbound between Junctions 9 and 10 at 12.25pm.

Nicola Kenny, who was 26, was pronounced dead at the scene. The two other women – her mother and her aunt, both in their 50s -  were brought to University Hospital Limerick and South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel to be treated for their injuries.

The three had been travelling to Dublin to see Nicola’s newborn baby daughter Lily Rose, who had been moved to Temple Street Children’s Hospital shortly after she was born after developing a temperature.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

It is believed that Nicola, who was a backseat passenger in the car, had taken a phone call from the hospital to tell her that her daughter was now well enough to go home.

Nicola’s funeral took place in Thurles yesterday, where celebrant Fr Vincent Stapleton said that her “last great joy in life was to become a mother to baby Lily Rose.”

Nicola’s sudden passing “has left a cloud hanging over us, and none more so than her loving family and many friends, neighbours and work colleagues,” he said.

Gardaí said their investigation is ongoing and they wished to renew their appeal for any motorist who may have been travelling on that section of the M8 at the time, or who observed the vehicles before the collision, to get in touch with them.

Anyone with information can contact Cahir Garda Station on 052 744 1222 or any garda station.

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