It was with a deep sense of shock and sadness, Thurles inhabitants learned early today that a former much loved Thurles resident and one time employee of Thurles Swimming Pool had lost her life, following a hit-and-run accident in Morocco.
Mrs Yvonne Slaughter (nee Ryan) in her 60’s and formerly from Fontenoy Terrace, Thurles, Co. Tipperary was enjoying a New Year holiday break with other friends in the Moroccan capital of Agadir, when the accident took place on Saturday night/ Sunday morning last. Mrs Slaughter is daughter of the once prominent and successful former Thurles Town Councillor Mr Martin Ryan.
Local reports emanating from the area state that Mrs Slaughter was preparing to cross the street in the resort of Agadir, when she was struck by a motor vehicle, the driver of which was suspected to have been intoxicated. It is understood that initially the driver fled the scene, but was pursued by citizens who later handed him over to police authorities.
Mrs Slaughter, a mother of two, had been residing with her husband Mr Brendan Slaughter in Sallins, Co. Kildare and we understand that Mr Slaughter has now travelled to Morocco to help make arrangements for the return of his beloved wife’s remains.
The mother of Mrs Slaughter, Mrs Phillis Ryan’ tragically passed away in July 2016, and today’s sad tidings now further adds to the huge sense of loss for a very close-knit and loving Ryan family.
As already stated, Mrs Slaughter is survived by her two children; her daughter Eabhe a Leaving Certificate student and her son Gavin a second year University student.
To the Ryan & Slaughter families go our sincere and deepest sympathy.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.