Horror car crash takes young life

TWO communities have been left reeling following the loss of a 36-year-old father-of-three who died in a tragic road accident near Hackballscross on Saturday morning last.

TWO communities have been left reeling following the loss of a 36-year-old father-of-three who died in a tragic road accident near Hackballscross on Saturday morning last.

Originally from Castle Roche, just outside Dundalk, Robbie Lennon died at the scene of the car crash which occurred on the main Dundalk to Castleblayney Road at Philipstown.

A carpenter by trade, Mr Lennon was also a popular doorman, who worked in Brubakers for four years.

He lived with his wife, Dolores, and their three young children, Alex, aged seven; Natasha, aged five; and six-month-old Kyle, at Cornahove on the outskirts of Crossmaglen.

Mr Lennon was fatally injured after his car struck a ditch at around 2.45am. No other vehicle was involved and the road was closed for most of the day on Saturday while a forensic examination of the scene was carried out.

Brubaker’s Manager Kevin Carthy said: “He was an absolute gent. He always welcomed people with a smile.

“The staff here are in absolute shock over this tragic accident and our sympathies go out to his wife and children.”

Mr Lennon’s Brubaker colleague, Joey McGrath said: “He loved the gym and his motorbike. They were his two passions. He was always full of fun and was the life and soul of Brubakers.”

A dedicated family man, his sudden death has devastated his family and many close friends, both in Dundalk and in Crossmaglen.

Mr Lennon’s remains were removed and requiem mass was held for him in St Patrick’s Church in Crossmaglen yesterday (Tuesday, February 8) with burial following in the adjoining cemetery.

Mr Lennon is survived by his wife Dolores; children Alex, Natasha and Kyle; his parents Joe and Nuala; brothers and sisters; parents-in-law Gerry and June McCreesh; and extended family circle.

Gardaí in Dundalk are investigating the single vehicle road traffic collision. Anyone who witnessed the crash should contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042-9388400 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.