THE mother of two children who died in a car crash has spoken about her ‘mixed emotions’ following the re-opening of the accident scene on their second anniversary.
Denise Murden from Castleross told The Dundalk Democrat that she doesn’t know how to feel about the re-opening of Maxwell’s Row.
“On one hand, I’m happy it’s opened up but on the other hand, it’s hard. It gives me a bigger picture of what happened that day,” she said.
The junction of Bridge Street and Maxwell’s Row re-opened on Thursday, March 10 - two years after the crash that claimed the lives of Denise’s children Jenna (4) and Jayden (2).
“The first time I passed it after it had opened up again, I was afraid of my life to look to my left. I was afraid of what I’d see,” said Denise.
“Most of the time we try to avoid passing it as much as possible. The new bypass is a Godsend to us. I had to walk past it a few times and it was very hard.
“At the same time, at least now we might be able to put a wee plaque there if we were allowed to do it. We go there every year for the anniversary and put flowers there. It’s hard to explain.”
The re-opening of the junction has co-incided with the anniversaries of the Casey-Murden children. The tragic accident occurred on January 31, 2009 and sadly, Jenna and Jayden passed away a number of weeks later.
Little Jenna died on February 24, the same day as her brother’s birthday; while brave Jayden died shortly afterwards on March 25.
“It’s been a very tough week as it’s not long after the anniversary. February and March are basically no-go areas for us,” said Denise.
“It’s been two years but it may as well have been yesterday. We have to keep moving on but we take it one day at a time.”
According to Dundalk Town Council Engineer, Catherine Duff, the roadworks were carried out by the owner of the building, and a plan has been agreed with the receiver at KPMG.
“It’s a listed building and a plan has been agreed to refurbish it. All of the consents that are required have been granted,” said Ms Duff.
“The building is the subject of an insurance claim. It’s a matter of the insurance company agreeing to a figure for the claim.
“The re-opening is a start. It has improved access for pedestrians. Some residents have asked that HGV’s no longer be allowed to use Maxwell’s Row and we will examine that proposal.”