Vigil To Be Held In Clonmel Fo...


Vigil To Be Held In Clonmel Following Tragic Car Accident

Heather Lawrie
Heather Lawrie

05:05 27 Aug 2023

Share this article

A special vigil will be held in Kickham Plaza, Clonmel, at 6:30 this evening.

The vigil is for the four young people who died in a car crash on Friday night.

24-year-old Luke McSweeney was driving his sister, Grace, along with her two friends, Nicole Murphy and Zoey Coffey, all aged 18, to a Leaving Cert Results party when their car overturned.

Grace McSweeney (18) and Luke McSweeney (24), two victims of the crash in Clonmel, 26/08/2023. Image via An Garda Síochána.

Gardaí believe a combination of heavy rain and wet roads could have caused the car to go out of control.

The stretch of road where the tragic collision occurred re-opened yesterday evening following a forensic examination.

The whole community of Clonmel has rallied together since the tragedy. Local businesses came to the scene with tea, coffee and sandwiches for gardai and emergency crews. While others delivered flowers and handwritten messages.

Nicole Murphy (18) and Zoey Coffey (18), victims of the crash in Clonmel, 26/08/2023. Images via An Garda Síochána.

This Evening's Vigil

The Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Alphonsus Cullinan, will lead the service. He will be joined by the Mayor of Clonmel, Richie Molloy and the local clergy.

It was organised after the Mayor received multiple requests from community members.

Presentation Secondary School Principal Michael O’Loughlin said students Zoey and Grace were “two beautiful students who were loved by everyone who met them”. 

Nicole attended Loreto Secondary School. Principal Anne McGrath said, “no words can express our sorrow, pain and grief”.

The 'C-Saw' Centre in Clonmel is offering free counselling until 8 pm tonight.



Share this article

Read more about

Car Crash Clonmel Grace McSweeney Luke McSweeney Nicole Murphy Zoey Coffey