Tipperary ETB/CTI Clonmel Statement re: Clonmel Crash Tragedy

August 28, 2023


Statement from CTI Clonmel, incorporating Raheen College and Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn


The students, staff, Board of Management and parents of CTI Clonmel, as well as the wider Tipperary ETB community, are in deep shock following the tragic accident that occurred on Friday night.


It is with profound sadness and grief that we have learned about the devastating accident that resulted in the untimely and tragic loss of four young people in our community.


This morning, we mourn the loss of Presentation Secondary School Leaving Certificate students Zoey Coffey and Grace McSweeney, Loreto College student, Nicole Murphy, as well as Grace’s brother Luke McSweeney. Luke and Grace’s brother, Mark, is a former student of CTI and the McSweeney family are in our thoughts.



We extend our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and schools who have lost loved ones. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the emergency services and Gardai who responded swiftly to the incident.


Our priority now is the wellbeing and welfare of our students, parents and staff at this time. The CTI Clonmel Critical Incident team has met to coordinate a response and to enact the Critical Incident Plan.


We are grateful to the public for their expressions of support and ask that we be given time and space to concentrate on supporting those in the school community who need it most.


John McCarthy



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