Club remembers a true lady and Legion legend

The late Joanne Downey who has passed away at Cork University Hospital.
Image source: Killarney Legion

THE woman involved in a road traffic collision at the Cleeney Roundabout in Killarney on Friday morning has lost her battle for life.

Joanne Downey, from Ballydribeen, Killarney, passed away in Cork University Hospital where she was being treated for the injuries sustained in the incident.

Aged in her 50s, she was crossing the busy road shortly after 8.40am on Friday when the collision involving a truck occurred. Emergency services rushed to the scene and she was removed to CUH by ambulance.

Joanne, who was a healthcare worker and was originally from Knocknagoshel, was a passionate supporter of and volunteer with Legion GAA Club and she gave so much of her time to club activities and attending games at every level.

A devoted mother, she volunteered to cook for senior players after training and would think nothing of preparing and serving a wholesome dinner to up to 35 players following a training session.

In 2015, Joanne was honoured by the club with an outstanding achievement award for her tremendous work with players in all age groups.

A statement from Legion GAA Club read: “The club is devastated beyond words to hear of the very, very sad passing of Joanne”.

It added: “Our deepest thoughts, sympathies and prayers go to Chris, Mark, Shane, Katrina, Ellie, Cassie and the Davies family. A true lady and Legion legend”.

Gardaí have issued an appeal for witnesses who may have been in the area near the Cleeney Roundabout, on the N22 Killarney-Cork bypass, around 8.40am on Friday and they are particularly anxious to hear from anyone with dash-cam footage.

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