RTÉ star Marty Morrissey said he told his mum he loved her in her final moments as she tragically died in a road accident.
Eggy Morrissey was 94 when she died during Storm Barra in December 2021 after being involved in a single vehicle accident at Annagh in Miltown Malbay, Co Clare.
She had passed her driving test just days before the accident and was on her way to stay with her son Marty at a nearby hotel as her house was not suitable to stay during a storm.
“Our home is on the Wild Atlantic Way on a hill with no shelter. So when the winds of the storm move in the roof, it’s high up,” the sports commentator told RTÉ Late Late Show.
“So every time there was a storm we would move, on that particular day I was in Dublin and she said ‘there’s a terrible storm coming up’ so I said I’d go down and we’d be at the Old Round Hotel stay.
“My mother was 94 and passed her driving test last Thursday.
“I said I would go back and pick her up but she said ‘no I’ll drive’ so I said I’d meet her 15 minutes from home and unfortunately she wasn’t there.
“She was driving on a road that she was driving three or four times a day and she missed a corner and we lost her.”
Marty spoke openly about the trauma of seeing the accident.
“I kept driving and encountered the accident, it was tough,” he said.
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“I told her I loved her, the fire department was there, the Gardaí. They did their best to save my mother, but I knew what she wanted, she had deep faith, so I asked them to pray with me and they did,” he said.
“I want to compliment and thank these people on the front lines, we forget how brave they are.”
Broadcaster RTÉ said it has received hundreds of letters and cards every day since its mother died four months ago.
“It was the generosity of the people of Ireland that overwhelmed me and has overwhelmed me, every day without exaggeration, since mum died I’ve been given mass cards, sometimes between 100 and 125 a day,” he said.
“It wasn’t just the mass cards I got, it was the letters, I read every letter and it was their stories of grief and heartbreak and their words that comforted me.
“At first I thought I’d come to them and write to everyone, I’ll do that for the next three years.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/i-told-her-i-loved-her-the-fire-brigade-were-there-marty-morrissey-on-witnessing-the-road-accident-that-killed-his-mother-peggy-41535878.html “I told her I love her, the fire department was there” – Marty Morrissey on the traffic accident that killed his mother, Peggy