Two women in 80s die on roads within hours of each other

Emergency services attend two-vehicle crash in Rathfriland
Emergency services attend two-vehicle crash in Rathfriland

Tributes were yesterday paid to the Co Tyrone grandmother who died after a car crash outside Omagh on her way home from a family wake.

Bridget Mullin, 84, from the Sixmilecross area, was a passenger in one of two cars that were in collision around 6pm on Tuesday at the junction of Cloughfin Road and Whitebridge Road.

Mrs Mullin’s neighbour, Sean Donnelly, who said he knew Mrs Mullin “for at least 50 years”, said it “has been a terrible tragedy to have one death after another in the same family”.

Mrs Mullin, who had one son and lost her only daughter in an accident decades earlier, was returning from her daughter-in-law’s father’s wake when the accident happened.

Mr Donnelly, a Sinn Fein councillor for the area, said: “Mrs Mullin has been a widow now for I am sure 50 years.

“She was a great family woman and very religious. I live on a neighbouring farm and know the whole family. I want to express complete sympathy from myself and from my party for what has happened to the family circle.”

He added: “It is an awful tragedy for the family and for the community. Everyone is shocked.

“It shows how dangerous our roads are and I would appeal for everyone to take more care. It is a tragedy for the driver of the other car as well.”

Father Brian Hackett from Errigal Ciaran Parish said no details have been confirmed to date for Mrs Mullin’s funeral. He said a post mortem was expected to take place.

Meanwhile, a close friend of 83-year-old Hester Brown, – who died after her car came into collision with a Banbridge District Council bin lorry in Rathfriland, Co Down, on Tuesday – said: “I couldn’t believe the news that Hessie was dead”.

Bertie Johnston, 73, said Miss Brown would have been 84-years-old on May 19.

“She was a very private person who worked in a solicitor’s office in Rathfriland for years until her father and mother took ill,” he said.

“She didn’t marry and was an only child. I would have seen her at least once a week because I went up every Saturday to help her out with sticks and coal and other things.

“She was a happy person and she was bright as a button. She knew everything that was going on. She only got a television three years ago and before that she would have read all the time.”

Mr Johnston said after a post mortem is carried out on Miss Brown a private funeral will be held in Bells funeral parlour in Rathfriland with burial afterwards in the Reformed Presbytrerian Church graveyard.