Family of Limerick woman killed in horror crash appeal for privacy

David Hurley


David Hurley


Family of Limerick woman killed in horror crash appeal for privacy

Lily Ryan Alexander with husband Doug, who were killed in the car crash in New Ross | Picture: Facebook

FUNERAL arrangements have been announced for the Limerick woman who was killed along with her husband and two sons in a road crash in County Wexford earlier this week. 

Patrickswell native Lily Ryan-Alexander, aged 75, was killed when the rental car she and her family were travelling in collided with a truck on the N25 between Wexford and New Ross.

Lily, who lived in Illinois, had crossed the Atlantic to attend the funeral of her sister Winnie, a Patrickswell woman who had moved to Wexford. 

The tragic incident occurred when Lily, her husband Doug, 75, and two sons Stephen, 49, and Doug Jnr, 52, were on their way to Winnie’s wake in Cushinstown. 

Lily’s brother Matty still lives in Patrickswell while another sister – Rita – lives in the United States as does her daughter Debbie.

The remains of all four victims will be reposing at Cooney’s Funeral Home, New Ross this Saturday from 2pm until 7pm and again on Sunday.

Removal to St. Mary’s Church, Cushinstown will take place on Monday arriving for 12pm Funeral Mass.

In a statement issued this Friday, the extended families described Doug, Lily, Doug Jr and Steven Alexander as “generous, loving and fun”.

Appealing for privacy the statement added: “As well as their love for family in America, they opened their hearts and homes to all who travelled to them. They greatly enjoyed their regular trips to Ireland, with their final trip here to say farewell to Lily' s sister, Winnie. They will be greatly missed but we have been left with wonderful memories of great times spent together, both in Ireland and Oak Lawn.”