Sadness at death of Josie, 82, in Limerick road accident

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

The late Josie Kennedy
In one of the biggest funerals seen in Croom in recent years, mourners came in their hundreds to pay their respect to Josie Kennedy, who died in a road accident near the village at the weekend.

In one of the biggest funerals seen in Croom in recent years, mourners came in their hundreds to pay their respect to Josie Kennedy, who died in a road accident near the village at the weekend.

The 82-year died after she was struck by a car while attempting to cross the road at Banogue cross at around 7.15pm on Sunday evening.

A member of a well-known family in the area, Johanna ‘Josie’ Kennedy was deeply involved in the local community and was known throughout the Croom and Banogue area for her support for a range of local organisations.

Patrick C Fitzgerald, the Leader’s Croom correspondent described the late Josie as “the life and soul of community activities in the district”.

For the past ten year, she had been involved in the Go For Life group and was an active participant in the many activities organised by the group.

“The entire community were numbed when they heard the desperate news of a popular parishioner,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

Just two days prior to her tragic death, Mrs Kennedy attended the launch of a CD of songs by her friend Nora Kennedy in Limerick Radisson Blu hotel.

On Sunday, she travelled with a group from the parish to a House of Prayer and it was on returning from this trip that the accident occurred.

It is understood that she had got off the bus and was crossing the road to her home when she was struck by a passing car.

Visibility in the area at the time is thought to have been poor.

The driver of the car which hit the woman was uninjured.

The road was closed for several hours to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.

A post-mortem was carried out at University Hospital Limerick on Monday afternoon.

Fr Eamonn O’Brien, the curate in Croom said that Mrs Kennedy was “extremely cautious” about crossing the road. However, conditions at the time were dark and foggy.

It is believed that Mrs Kennedy died instantly after being struck by the wing mirror of the car which was travelling from the Limerick direction.

Predeceased by her husband Jim, she is survived by three sons, Seamus, Tom and Gerard, two daughters Helen and Siobhan and sisters Nancy and Kathleen.

Any witnesses to the accident are asked to contact Newcastle West Garda Station on 069 20650.

Mrs Kennedy was the 12th person to die on Limerick roads this year and the second in a week.