Tributes paid after family of three who died in Galway collision are named

Tributes paid after family of three who died in Galway collision are named

TRIBUTES have been paid to a family of three who died in a three-vehicle collision in Co. Galway on Thursday evening.

Karzah Sabah, his wife Shahen Oasm and their eight-month-old daughter Lena died in the incident on the M6 at Poolboy in Ballinasloe.

A fourth person, believed to be a Polish national, who was travelling in another vehicle also died.

A motorist in a third vehicle was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Galway Bay FM reports that the tragedy occurred as the family were travelling back from viewing properties Co. Carlow, where Mr Sabah was due to take up a new job as a lecturer.

'Deepest sympathy'

The Kurdish Irish Society has paid tribute to the family on social media.

“Mr Karzan Sabah, his wife Shahen Qasm and their eight-month-old baby Lena are all dead as a result of this serious road traffic accident outside Galway,” they wrote.

“Our deepest sympathy to the families and relatives of Mr Karzan Sabah, a former PhD student in agriculture, his wife Shahen and child Lena.

“May their souls be returned to Allah and let them rest in peace. God rest their souls.”


Owen Hanley, Social Democrats Councillor for Galway City East, also offered his sympathies.

“Deeply sad to hear of the loss of Karzan Sabah, Shahen Qasm and their eight-month-old daughter Lena who were living in Riverside,” he wrote.

“Thinking of their loved ones.”

Fianna Fáil counterpart Alan Cheevers offered his condolences.

“Sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Sabah family who lost their lives in the tragic accident in Ballinasloe earlier this week, also condolences to the Kurdish community in Galway on this tragic loss,” he wrote.

“I believe they lived in Riverside Estate on the Tuam Road and were in the process of moving to Carlow.

“I also want to express sympathy to the family of the Polish national who lost his life also.”


Gardaí meanwhile have renewed their appeal for information about the collision.

Any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were travelling on the M6 at Poolboy, Ballinasloe, between 7.20pm and 7.50pm on Thursday are asked to make the footage available to gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 090 9631890, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station