Mother, daughter die in auto crash as they return from last minute Christmas shopping

A mother and daughter's last-minute Christmas shopping trip ended in the most horrific manner when they were both killed in a ghastly road smash.

Mother, Geraldine and Daughter, Louise.

Just like several other people in The Republic of Ireland, Louise and her mother were in the Christmas mood, making preparations to ensure that the forthcoming celebrations would be worthwhile.

It was not to be though, as tragedy struck at around 11.30am on Tuesday when the women died in an accident near the small village of Kilworth. Their car was involved in a collision with another one and is understood to have spun out of control and ploughed through a ditch, ending up overturned in a stream.

The driver of the other car, also a woman, was not seriously injured but tragically Geraldine - who used to work in a shoe shop in Fermoy - and Louise, a student of sociology were pronounced dead at the scene.

Quite expectedly, Geraldine’s husband Noel, who is a well-known dairy and beef farmer, was last night “inconsolable” after being told of his wife and daughter’s deaths.

Neighbour and family friend, Frank O”Flynn told the Irish Mirror: “There is a dark cloud of grief hanging over Kilworth. “We are literally numbed, in a deep state of shock I would say. No one can believe this has happened. I can’t even begin to imagine what Noel and the family are going through.”

Heartbreakingly, Louise only arrived home to Cork for the Christmas holidays the day before she and her mother were tragically killed. Louise, who studies English Literature & Sociology at University College Cork, had been living in Brighton, England, since September as she was on an Erasmus year studying at the University of Sussex.

Only on Monday, a day before she lost her life, Louise posted a picture to Facebook in which she was smiling happily. And that same night, she also uploaded a picture of a festive welcome home sign her boyfriend made for her.

Local Fine Gael councilor Noel McCarthy said: “The entire community is shocked and saddened by this terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

“My heart really goes out to them all.”

The road was shut down for most of the day as investigators worked the scene. It took emergency services some time to access the car, which had sunk in the flooded waters.

A spokesperson told the Irish Mirror: “Gardai are investigating a fatal traffic collision on the R667 Fermoy to Ballyduff Road at 11.20am today 22nd December 2015.

“Two women, one in her 50s and the other in her 20s, were fatally injured when the car they were travelling in was in collision with another car. The female driver of the other car was not seriously injured.”

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