Teenage girl killed in tractor crash was spending summer holidays with family in Cavan

Keely McGivney from London, who was due to turn 18 in July, was the second person killed on the roads on Tuesday after a pedestrian in his 80s was killed in Co Louth

Tributes have been paid to a teenage girl who lost her life after the tractor in which she was travelling crashed in rural Cavan this week.

Keely McGivney from London was one of two teenagers travelling in the tractor at approximately 11pm on Tuesday night when it hit a ditch at Loughduff. The incident occurred on the L2514, a narrow local road close to Middletown Cross.

The 17-year-old was fatally injured in the crash. Emergency services attended the scene and her body was subsequently removed to the mortuary in Cavan General Hospital. A post mortem has been carried out.

The driver of the tractor, a male also aged in his late teens, was uninjured.


The road where the incident occurred was closed while Forensic Collision Investigators attended the scene, but it has since reopened.

Keely had just commenced her summer holidays and was staying with her extended family in Loughduff.

Keely routinely spent holidays with relatives on her mother’s side in the area and made many friends locally through her annual trips. She was due to celebrate her 18th birthday with her Cavan friends in July.

The shock caused by the teenager’s death has been felt widely.

Deputy Brendan Smith of Fianna Fáil expressed his sadness at her passing.

“My thoughts and prayers are with all her family and friends at this very difficult time.

“Knowing this community very well I know that they will give all possible support to the bereaved family, who are highly regarded and very popular, at this very difficult time.”

His party colleague Deputy Niamh Smyth said it as “a very sad and difficult day” for all in the area.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family, relatives and friends who grieve the sudden tragic death of daughter and cousin Keely. Her premature death has cast a dark shadow of grief over her sorrowful and mourning community. May all find the strength and support they need at this incredibly challenging time.”

This latest tragedy brings to four the number of people killed on Cavan’s roads so far this year.

Gardaí meanwhile are appealing for any witnesses, including those with dash cam footage who were travelling in the Loughduff area last night to make it available. Contact Cavan Garda station on 049 436 8800, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

Separately in Co Louth, a pedestrian aged in his 80s was fatally injured when he was hit by a car in Annagassan, Lynns at approximately 7.55pm on Tuesday. It is understood the man had got out of his car to open a gate to drive through it and was hit by the car while crossing the road to get back into his own vehicle.

The man’s body was taken from the scene to the mortuary at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, where a postmortem will take place. The driver of the car was uninjured.

The scene of the collision on the R166 (Castlebellingham to Annagassan Road) was closed on Wednesday morning pending a technical examination by Garda forensic collision investigators. Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Drogheda Garda station on 041 987 4200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

Ellen O’Donoghue

Ellen O’Donoghue

Ellen O'Donoghue is an Irish Times journalist