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First victims of Storm Ophelia named locally

Clare O’Neill and Michael Pyke have been named as the first victims of Storm Ophelia in Ireland.

THE FIRST VICTIMS of Hurricane Ophelia have been named locally.

Three people died in three different counties as a result of the storm, which spent all of Monday battering the country as a whole.

58-year-old Clare O’Neill was this evening named as the woman who died this morning in Aglish, Co Waterford.

Clare died when the car she was driving was struck by a falling tree – a second woman in her 70s was injured and brought to hospital. Her injures are not believed to be life-threatening.

Clare lived in Waterford and worked as a cancer support coordinator.

In Co Tipperary, 31-year-old Michael Pyke has been named as the second victim of the storm.

Michael died as a result of a chainsaw accident in Cahir in the Munster county at about 12.30pm.

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It’s understood he had been clearing a fallen tree at his property at the time of the tragic accident.

The third victim of Ophelia, a driver in Ravensdale in Co Louth has not yet been named.

With reporting from Cianan Brennan

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