Tragic road accident claims life of 83 year old

The people of Bellurgan were deeply shocked by the tragic death of Moya McNally, 83, who was killed in the two-car collision at the Ballymascanlon filling station on Saturday evening.

The people of Bellurgan were deeply shocked by the tragic death of Moya McNally, 83, who was killed in the two-car collision at the Ballymascanlon filling station on Saturday evening.

Gardai are seeking information about the collision which occurred at 6.30pm.

Moya and her late husband Hughie McNally were highly regarded members of the local community.

The road was closed from Saturday evening until Sunday afternoon by a garda technical team.

Moya was originally from St Mary’s Road Dundalk and later Barrack Street. Indeed the original family home on St Mary’s Road was one of the houses that made way for the present St Mary’s Church after the original church was destroyed by fire in 1932.

Her brother Tommy Clarke was the doyen of amateur drama in Dundalk for more than 50 years right up until his death at the age of 88 just a few years ago.

Her father Frank Clarke, was a plumber with the then Dundalk Urban Council and her mother was Mary Anne Clarke.

Tommy also worked as a plumber with the council until his retirement in 1987. He was a founder member of Dundalk Group Players.

Senator and former county councillor Terry Brennan said the accident happened at a very dangerous point on the road.

“I was extremely sorry to hear about the tragic loss of life,” Cllr Brennan said.

“When I was a member of the county council I raised the issue of safety on that particular road several times.

The council did erect lighting at that point on the road but people must be careful and drive with care. It really is a very dangerous spot.”

Fr. Patrick Larkin from Jenkinstown parish called the crash a “terrible tragic accident.”

“Moya was a great parishioner and will be very much missed as a member of the parish. She was a lovely, decent woman.”