The town of Killarney is in a state of shock this week following a tragic accident at the Gap of Dunloe which claimed the lives of two North American tourists. Rosalynd Joy Few (64) and Normand Larose (62) were killed when the jaunting car in which they were travelling fell from the road into a 20-foot ravine. The jarvey was not seriously injured but is said to be traumatised by the incident.
Arizona native Rosalyn and her Canadian partner Normand were in Killarney with family. The party of six, which included Rosalyn’s daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren, were travelling up the Gap together on separate traps, although it is believed that the other family members did not witness the accident.
Emergency services were notified just before 2pm on Monday and quickly rushed to the scene but, tragically, the couple had died instantly. The horse that was pulling the cart suffered serious injuries and was subsequently put down.
Speaking on Monday, Paul O’Neill, President of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, said the people of Killarney were “shocked and saddened” by the incident.
“The Gap of Dunloe is one Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations, a place that brings joy to tourists the world over, and we are devastated that a visit to it by this couple would end in such tragic circumstances,” he said. “The people of Killarney extend our heartfelt sympathies to all affected by this tragedy and will do whatever we can to support the family during this very sad time.”
On Tuesday, the local community in conjunction with the ponymen at the Gap of Dunloe held a touching service near Kate Kearney’s Cottage to pay their respects to the victims. A book of condolences has been opened at the town hall and locals have been invited to sign their names and leave a message as a mark of respect.