The woman, who was killed when a car ran into her after attending a relative’s funeral in Ballingeary, Co Cork, was identified locally as 51-year-old Gobnait Twomey.
he physiotherapist was standing by the roadside in the village of Cork with several family members when the tragedy struck just after 1am.
Gardaí arrested the driver, a man in his 40s, who was taken to Bandon Garda Station for questioning.
He is expected to be released without charge and a file prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Ms Twomey, who was from Ballyvourney but had lived in Dublin, had returned home to attend a relative’s funeral.
The village of Ballingeary in the West Cork Gaeltacht was in shock today after the tragedy which left two others seriously injured.
The tragedy happened at around 1.10am in Dromanallig on Ballingeary’s main street.
Mrs. Twomey was standing with several family members when the tragedy happened.
It is understood she was among two groups of mourners who attended separate local funerals and met on the main street as they walked home.
The group of about five or six people stopped to chat and sympathize with each other.
As they stood at the side of the road, a vehicle approached and drove into the group.
Ms Twomey suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene before she could be taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH).
Two other women suffered serious injuries.
They have been transferred to CUH where they are in serious but stable condition.
Although her injuries are described as serious, they are not considered life-threatening.
Ballingeary Main Street has been closed to facilitate the work of Garda Forensic Collision investigators who will conduct a full technical investigation at the crime scene.
Local diversions have been put in place and motorists have been asked to avoid the main road.
Gardaí is now appealing to all witnesses to this collision to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Macroom Garda Station on (026) 20590, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
Weather conditions are being studied as part of the inquiry into the tragedy, with parts of Cork experiencing frigid conditions and sub-zero temperatures.
However, it is not believed that the icy road conditions were the main reason for the tragedy.
Councilwoman Eileen Lynch said the area was in “deep shock” after the tragedy.
“This is a tight-knit community and it has been a massive shock. These are terrible tragedies, but it is particularly tragic when it happens so close to Christmas.”
“This is making it very, very difficult for the families affected and my thoughts and prayers go out to them.”
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