Tributes as Cavan rally victims named

Published Monday, 28 May 2012
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Two spectators killed when a rally car ploughed into a crowd of about 30 people in Co Cavan on Sunday have been named, amid tributes from their motor clubs.

Tributes as Cavan rally victims named
The fatal crash happened on Sunday morning. (© PA)

Caroline Cleary, an experienced navigator and co-driver with Wexford Motor Club, and photographer Joe Lane both died when a Ford Escort ran off the circuit during the Cavan Stages Rally.

"One of the rally cars went over a hump on the road, went mid-air and, as it landed, it appears to have lost control. And then, unfortunately, it drove into a group of spectators," Superintendent Gerry O'Brien told UTV.

"We think about 30 spectators, of which two died at the scene and five were injured. They were subsequently brought to Cavan General Hospital, along with the driver of the car and the navigator."

Ms Cleary, 30 and who had recently moved to Cork, was attending the rally to watch her boyfriend Sean Hayde take part. She is believed to have been pregnant.

"Motor sport was her life," Pat O'Dowd, from Wexford Motor Club, said.

"It's a sad, sad day for everyone. Caroline always had a smile on her face and was always happy to help - everyone in the club and community are in total shock by the tragedy."

Mr Lane, 50 and from Kilgoggin in Co Galway, was a married father-of-two.

"Joe passed away doing what he loved, taking photographs of rally cars in action," Mark Parsons, from Galway Motor Club, said.

"He travelled the length and breadth of the country following his passion for rallying."

Both clubs expressed their sympathies with all the families involved.

Separate investigations into the crash at Monaghanoose have been launched by gardaí and the sport's governing body, Motorsport Ireland.

© UTV News
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