Book of Condolence opened in Co Kerry in memory of tourists killed in a pony and trap accident
A BOOK of Condolence opened in Co Kerry yesterday in memory of two tourists who were killed in a freak pony and trap accident.
American Rosalyn Few and her Canadian partner Normand Larose died after being thrown from a trap down a 3.5m ravine onto rocks after the horse bolted and hit an embankment.
The accident happened at around 2pm on Monday at the Gap of Dunloe near Killarney.
The couple, who were both in their 60s and lived in Phoenix, Arizona, are believed to have suffered fatal head injuries.
The local jarvey, who is described as an experienced horseman, was not injured in the crash.
The horse, which was seriously injured, had to be put down at the scene.
It was reported that Ms Few's daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren were behind in another jaunting car however it is not known if they witnessed the accident.
Superintendent Flor Murphy confirmed gardaí are assisting the four other members of the family while a spokesman for the Health and Safety Authority said they would work closely with gardaí to determine the exact cause of the incident.
A book of condolence was opened by the Mayor of Killarney, councillor Niall Kelleher, at the Town Hall.
The 30 or so ponymen operating in the Gap of Dunloe did not operate today out of respect for those who died.
Speaking on behalf of the pony-and-trap operators, Paul Cremin said they are all shocked and saddened by the event that unfolded.
He said that they would do whatever they could to support the family and their colleague who is said to have been left extremely distressed by the accident.
Mr Cremin described what had happened as a "terrible tragedy".
A spokesman for the US Embassy confirmed his agency would provide consular assistance.