Three South Donegal women killed in Louth crash named locally

The three women killed in a road crash in County Louth overnight have been named locally.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the fatal crash near Ardee which happened at about 1am this morning.

The crash claimed the lives of three women from south Donegal.

The community in the wider south Donegal area is in mourning today following confirmation that the three women killed in a fatal crash are from the Bruckless area.

69 year old Margaret McGonigle and her 39 year old daughter, Mairead Mundy, from Castlereagh, Bruckless, and 37 year old Rachel Battles, also living in Bruckless but originally understood to be from the Ardara area lost their lives.

The crash happened at Aclint Bridge north of Ardee at around 1 am this morning.

The Gardai state that two people are seriously injured and have been removed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

Superintendent Fergus Treanor says the stretch of road where the accident happened is particularly dangerous.

He’s appealing for anyone with information to come forward:

Fr James Sweeney is the Parish Priest in Bruckless.

He says there is a level of support and resilience in the community which will be vital in the days ahead.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact Ardee Garda Station on 041 6871130, The Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

The N2 will remain closed today between Ardee and Aclint Bridge to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.