Mother-of-two primary school teacher died after car plunged from quay

PICTURED: Mother-of-two primary school teacher, 44, who died after car plunged from a quay in Ireland as her sons, 10 and 12, escape alive after swimming to safety

  • Gillian Daly, 44, died after she drove off Kennedy Quay in Cork city, Ireland
  • The mother-of-two primary school teacher was unable to escape from her car
  • Her two sons freed themselves and swam to safety at around 8.45pm on Friday
  • Mrs Daly’s family said it was ‘heartbroken’ after the accident in the River Lee

A primary school teacher and mother-of-two died and both her sons were injured when their car plunged from a quay into a river on Friday night.

Gillian Daly, 44, from Douglas, Co Cork, Ireland, died when she accidentally drove off Kennedy Quay in Cork city at 8.45pm on June 3.

Her two sons, aged ten and 12, escaped from the car and were treated for non-life-threatening injuries including shock at Cork University Hospital and have since been discharged.

Gardaí are treating the crash as a tragic accident. Mrs Daly’s body was recovered from the River Lee by divers from the Irish Naval Service at around 12.30am on Saturday.

The 44-year-old primary school teacher’s family said they were ‘heartbroken’ after the accident.

Her uncle Martin Patrick O’Sullivan wrote on Facebook: ‘Heartbroken again with the loss of my sister​ Helen’s daughter Gillian on her death. RIP.’

Others also paid tribute. Michelle Harrington Guest said: ‘So, so sorry to hear of Gillian’s passing … she taught my children in primary school and was so nice and kind. May she rest in peace.’

Gillian Daly, 44, from Douglas, Co Cork, Ireland, died when she accidentally drove off Kennedy Quay in Cork city at 8.45pm on June 3

Mrs Daly’s two children, aged ten and 12, escaped from the car and were treated for non-life-threatening injuries including shock at Cork University Hospital and have since been discharged. Pictured: The scene of the accident

The car was lifted from the river with a crane after it sank. Gardaí are treating the crash as a tragic accident

The car was lifted from the river with a crane after it sank. People on the quay told CorkBeo the car was driving erratically before it went into the water.

A Garda spokesman said: ‘Gardaí are investigating all the circumstances of an incident where a vehicle entered the River Lee at Kennedy Quay, Cork City, at approximately 8.45pm on June 3. 

‘Two children were recovered from the water and were taken to Cork University Hospital to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries. 

‘Following the arrival of a dive team with the Irish Naval Service, the body of a woman was later removed from the water. 

‘The woman’s body was removed to Cork University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place. 

‘The results of which will determine the course of the investigation.’ 

The car tumbled off the edge of the quay and into the river below where the woman was unable to free herself 

Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery: ‘We would like to pass on our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.’

Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery said they would like to offer their sincerest condolences. 

The group said: ‘Volunteers were tasked late yesterday evening by Gardaí to assist in a multi-agency search and recovery operation in the Kennedy Quay area where it was reported that a vehicle had entered the water.

‘We immediately raced to the scene to assist the Gardaí, fire service and Crosshaven coast guard and we deployed our boat, our vehicles and sonar team to the scene.

‘We pinpointed the exact location of the vehicle on the riverbed and the naval dive unit recovered a person from the vehicle and they also recovered the vehicle.

‘We would like to pass on our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.’ 

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