08 Dec 2021

Woman killed in Laois crash was mother of 'wonderful family'

The woman who was killed in a crash on the Portlaoise to Carlow N80 road in Laois on Friday night has been identified as Joanna Doyle.

The separated mum of three daughters lived in Castletown Church area of Ballickmoyler in east Laois not far from Kildare. She died following a collision with another car not far from her home at around 10pm.

The deceased was described locally as a great mother to her daughters one of whom had special needs. The daughters ranged in age from 13 to 28. Her youngest is in secondary school in Carlow while her eldest lives in Graiguecullen.

Cllr John Moran, a friend of the family, extended is condolences. The Laois county councillor described Ms Doyle and her daughters as a 'wonderful family'.

Another local source described Ms Doyle as a great mother who fought hard for her family.

Meanwhile, a young foreign national who was also involved in the collision is in a critical condition in hospital. The Portarlington resident is understood to have been placed in an induced coma due to the serious nature of his injuries.

Gardai and Emergency Services were called to the scene of a two-car collision on the N80 at Ballickmoyler at 10pm last night.

Ms Doyle, who was aged 48, died at the scene. The driver of the second car a male was taken by ambulance to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore. 

The road was closed to traffic to allow Garda forensic collision investigators will examine the crash site. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Portlaoise Garda Station 057-8674100, the Garda Confidential Line or any Garda station.

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