A Galway woman who lost her life following a tragic incident over the weekend will be laid to rest tomorrow (Thursday).
22-year-old Cliodhna Thornton from Coismeigmor, Furbo died after she and another young woman fell from the back of a van at the Barna Road/Moycullen Road junction in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The two women were discovered seriously injured on the roadside at approximately 2.20am. They both received medical assistance at the scene and were taken to University Hospital Galway (UHG).
It is understood that the second woman remains in a stable condition.
The van was later recovered and examined by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators. It is understood there were seven people in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
Tributes have been pouring in for the Furbo native. Barna GAA Club, where Cliodhna and her two brothers both played, offered their deepest sympathies to the Thornton family.
A statement from the club reads, “Cliodhna played for the clubs girls’ teams at underage, and both her brothers Cormac and Cian played for our club. Her parents Sean and Ann are very active members of Bearna-Na Forbacha hurling club. Our sympathies and prayers go out to all the Thornton family on this very sad occasion. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis.”
Reposing at the Cilin within the Church of Mary Immaculate Queen, Barna, Galway today, Wednesday, from 4pm to 7pm, funeral mass for Cliodhna Thornton will take place at 12noon tomorrow, Thursday, followed by burial afterwards at Reilig Realt na Mara in Furbo.
Gardaí are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the road traffic incident.
They are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information, particularly those who may have been travelling on the N59, Galway-Moycullen Road or the Barna-Moycullen Road, on the morning of Sunday, 20 November between the hours of 1.45am and 3.15am, to contact them at Salthill Garda Station on 091-514720, The Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.