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Investigation continues into "awful tragedy" of Tuam crash

The young girls who died following the road crash were named locally as Kate and Grace Gilmore.

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THE INVESTIGATION INTO a road incident in Tuam that led to the deaths of two young children is ongoing.

Gardaí said this morning that there is no major update to the investigation.

The children were named locally as Kate (2) and Grace (three months), the only children of John and Michelle Gilmore.

Local councillor Michael Connolly said the incident had shaken the local community. “It’s an awful tragedy for all concerned,” he told “It is an awful nightmare, the worst thing to happen when you go on to the road. It’s something you can never imagine.”

The two girls were out walking with their father along the hard shoulder on the N17, near the turn off for Dunmore, at around 1.45pm on Sunday afternoon when the incident happened.

The young children were taken to University College Hospital Galway, where they were pronounced dead. The driver of the car and the father of the girls were also taken to the same hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to the incident to contact them Tuam Garda Station on 093 70 840, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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