An elderly couple who died in a horrific multi-vehicle collision in Cork involving a car transporter are buried together on Saturday after a requiem mass was held together.
Tributes have been paid to John ‘Pat’ and Bernadette ‘Berna’ Allen, who died when their car was involved in a four-vehicle crash on the N28 Cork-Ringaskiddy-Carrigaline on Tuesday.
The couple have six children.
Locals described the nature-loving great-grandparents as inseparable and absolutely devoted to their family.
Mr Allen (83), who was driving, was killed instantly in the collision.
Ms. Allen, 82, a passenger in the passenger seat, died at the scene despite paramedics’ desperate efforts to stabilize her condition.
It has now been confirmed that her funeral mass will be at 11.30am on Saturday at the Church of Our Lady and St John in Carrigaline.
They will rest at Forde’s funeral home in Carrigaline from 5pm to 6pm on Friday night.
Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Carrigaline.
The mourners are led by the couple’s six children, Barbara, Ken, Bob, John, Gary and Eric.
The couple has a total of 16 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Post-mortem checks were being carried out at Cork University Hospital (CUH) throughout Wednesday, with the results being presented to the Gardaí.
A file on the tragedy is now being prepared for the Cork Coroner.
It has emerged that the pensioners – who were deeply devoted to one another – were out walking in the morning sun at Haulbowline amusement park when the tragedy struck.
The accident happened at 11.15am on Tuesday outside Ringaskiddy on the N28 near the Shannon Park roundabout and involved an articulated truck and three cars.
The third and fourth vehicles involved are believed to have been damaged by flying debris.
Mr Allen worked in Ringaskiddy’s pharmaceutical industry for many years and was very active in the local Cork Port community.
Both husband and wife were accomplished golfers and lifetime members of Raffeen Creek Golf Club.
Berna Allen is said to have served as the former Lady Captain of Raffeen Creek Golf Club a few years ago – which is just over 1km from the site of the multi-vehicle accident.
She played golf into her 80s.
The club has canceled a number of events for Friday and Saturday out of respect.
Pat and Berna Allen lived in Glenwood, less than 2 km from where the horrific accident happened.
Both had traveled earlier in the summer to visit a son who reportedly lives and works in the United States.
Cork’s port community expressed their shock at the appalling tragedy.
Councilor Seamus McGrath said the community was reeling from the accident.
“It is terribly sad news and the city is shocked to learn of the deaths of two of its citizens,” he said.
“I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the couple’s family and friends.”
“I would also like to thank the rescue workers who were there quickly and did everything they could to help the injured and the deceased couple.”
Barry Cogan knew the couple and said they were well respected locally.
“They were really nice people. (They were) calm … but they were also a little crazy,” he said.
A third person, the occupant of a third vehicle, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH).
The drivers of the van and fourth vehicle involved in the collision both received medical examinations at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.
The lorry transporting new cars from Ringaskiddy port overturned on its side after suffering a jackknife following the collision.
The van was fully loaded with new cars.
An eyewitness said one of the cars involved in the collision was partially crushed.
Gardaí, HSE paramedics, Carrigaline and Crosshaven Fire Brigade responded to the alarm and were on the scene within minutes.
A total of five ambulances were deployed as a precaution.
A medical support helicopter was also on standby.
The N28 road, which links Cork to Ringaskiddy and Cork Deepwater Port and the nearby town of Carrigaline, is one of the busiest roads in the region.
Gardaí deployed a special road traffic management plan to deal with the magnitude of the collision.
Vehicles and debris from the collision partially blocked the road.
In order to make the work of the emergency services easier, the Gardaí closed the affected street – and remained closed until late Tuesday evening.
Garda forensic accident investigators conducted a detailed investigation of the scene of the accident to determine the exact cause of the tragedy.
All vehicles involved are now subjected to a thorough examination.
“Garda Forensic Collision Investigators are currently investigating the crime scene and the vehicles involved,” said a Garda spokesman.
“Gardaí is appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to come forward. They are also appealing to road users who were traveling on the N28 in the Shannon Park area between 10:45am and 11am to come forward with camera footage (including dashcam) to make available to them.”
“Anyone with information can contact Togher Garda Station on (021) 494 7120, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/elderly-couple-who-died-in-multi-vehicle-collision-in-cork-to-be-laid-to-rest-together-this-weekend-41953204.html Elderly couple who died in a multi-vehicle collision in Cork are due to be buried together this weekend