‘Absolute devastation’ as popular teen laid to rest after road crash near Limerick border

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A 19-year-old footballer and student of the year was laid to rest this Thursday following a road crash near the Limerick-Tipperary border.

A 19-year-old footballer and student of the year was laid to rest this Thursday following a road crash near the Limerick-Tipperary border.

Clódagh Cummins, a talented musician, footballer and student, was involved in a single vehicle accident close to her home in Clonbrick, Ayle, Cappawhite in the early hours of Sunday, February 10.

She lost her fight for life in Cork University Hospital on Sunday. On February 10 Clódagh was kindly dropping friends home as she hadn’t been drinking. Her death is being treated as a tragic accident. Derry Peters, who had coached her at county and club level with Cappawhite, said there was “absolute devastation” when they heard the terrible news.

“We were playing an intermediate match on Sunday when we got the phone call. You can’t put into words the reaction from the girls. She was so popular with everybody,” said Mr Peters.

He said Clódagh was very quiet and ladylike off the pitch but on it she was a talented footballer with a “never give up attitude”. “You would come into a training session and you wouldn’t even know she was there but she still had a big presence about her. She was a real team player,” said Mr Peters. Everyone involved in Cappawhite GAA circles pass on their sympathies to the Cummins family as do all in St Joseph’s Secondary School in Doon. “A quiet, unassuming girl who always had a smile. An exemplary student and role model who was popular with students, teachers and staff,” said John Kinsella, principal.

Clódagh received footballer and student of the year award and as an extremely talented pianist and flutist travelled to an international music festival in Prague.

“Clódagh’s school circle of friends have remained close and are all remembered fondly during this difficult time, The school staff would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the Cummins family. Clódagh will be remembered fondly and will be deeply missed,” said Mr Kinsella.