By Dan Walsh
The Bannow-Ballymitty and Kilmore region of south Wexford is in shock tonight following the death of Leona Reville, in her early ‘twenties, a star athlete and gifted musician who tragically lost her life in a road traffic collision earlier today.
She was killed in a two-vehicle collision that occurred on the Wellingtonbridge to Wexford (R733) road at the turn off for Murrintown at 6am this morning.
The driver of the other car, a woman aged in her 60s, was taken to Wexford General Hospital but her injuries are described as ‘non-life threatening’.
Leona, who worked as a special needs assistant, was actively involved in the community through sport and music. She was a member of Danescastle Music Group, where she played both the flute and tin whistle and regularly competed in national competitions.
She was also a member of Kilmore Athletics Club where her clubmates are devastated at the news. Tributes have been paid by Paddy Morgan, Chairperson of Kilmore AC. in a statement on social media tonight.
“It was with profound sadness and shock that Kilmore Athletics Club learned this morning of the tragic passing of our much loved, respected and talented member Leona Reville.
As a juvenile Leona won multiple county medals in the 100m, 200m, hurdles and High Jump. In 2014 she won a silver medal in the Leinster Under 18 High Jump in Tullamore followed by another silver medal in the Leinster Indoor Under 19 High Jump in Athlone. She was also a member of the Leinster performance squad. She took a break from athletics but made a welcome return to the club last summer.
Leona however was not only a medalist in our sport, she were a gold medalist in the human race. Kind, caring and down to earth, her personality and beaming smile always lifted our spirits.
We extend our deepest sympathies to her closest family, extended family and wide circle of friends.”
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-Anam.