Tributes to the midwife, 22, who was killed in an accident in Waterford while traveling home after working the night shift

Tributes were paid to a young midwife who tragically died in a road accident in Co Waterford on Tuesday morning.

Hauna McGrath, 22, was killed in a two-vehicle collision on the N25 in Faha, near Kilmacthomas, while on her way home after a night shift at University Hospital Waterford.

Gardaí said a car and a truck collided around 8.30am on Tuesday.

The driver of the truck was taken to Waterford University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Waterford Ambulance Station shared a message of condolence online today: “Lost a young life. Shauna McGrath travels home after her night shift at University Hospital Waterford.

“Little did she know it would be her last night shift as a nurse. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and work colleagues.

“A harsh call for first responders to this tragic traffic accident.”

A Facebook group titled Support for Nurses, Midwives and Frontline Staff in Ireland said healthcare workers were “fallen in deep sadness” following the tragic news of Ms McGrath’s death.

The group said Ms McGrath’s family and friends could be “very proud to have known a beautiful, brilliant, talented young woman who helped bring many little babies into this world.”

“The beautiful young midwife Shauna McGrath tragically died in a traffic accident yesterday morning returning home from a night shift in Waterford,” it said.

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to her beloved parents, sister, boyfriend, colleagues at University Hospital Waterford, her GAA teammates and extended family, friends and loved ones. Our hearts are broken for you.

“Shauna, thank you for your brilliant service to Ireland’s public health service. Your work in this world is done. God called you home.

“Until we meet again. May her gentle soul rest in everlasting peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilis.”

Ms McGrath’s funeral service will be held at 11am on Saturday at St Augustine’s Church in Abbeyside.

A death notice on reads Ms McGrath, a native of Cloncoskeran, Abbeyside, Co Waterford, was “deeply mourned by her heartbroken parents Sean (Hiker) and Eleanor, sister Cadhla and her partner Joey, her beloved friend Liam Power, Grandparents John and Breda McGrath and Ann Fleming, aunts, uncles, extended family, neighbors and a large circle of friends”.

Gardaí have urged any witnesses to the collision to come forward and any road users with video footage, including dashcam footage, are asked to provide it to them.

Anyone with information can contact Tramore Garda train station on 051 391 620 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. Tributes to the midwife, 22, who was killed in an accident in Waterford while traveling home after working the night shift

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