THE village of Bennettsbridge has been stunned by the death of a lovely young woman from the parish in England. Orla Lawlor, a daughter of All Ireland winning senior hurler, Pat Lawlor was killed in a cycling accident on Sunday morning at around in Bedford, England. Her heartbroken father received the news as he drove to the national league hurling semi finals in Thurles.
Orla died of multiple injuries after a collision between her bicycle and a car in Edworth Drive, Bedford at around 10.45am. The 29 year old man who was driving the car was not injured but Orla died at the scene.
A full collision investigation is being undertaken to ascertain the cause of the collision. PC Andy Ralph, of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Collision Investigation Unit, said Orla was with other members of a cycling club when the collision happened.
Pat, his wife Trish and other members of the family have travelled to London to bring Orla’s body home. However it is expected to be the weekend by the time that will happen. Orla who graduated from the University of Limerick with an honours law degree would have been 28 years of age on Thursday. As a college student she worked for Fine Gael MEP, Avril Doyle in Strasbourg.
She was employed as a solicitor with a firm in Cambridge and was highly thought of by her colleagues. She was a keen cyclist and was hugely involved in charity work including doing marathons and rowing for various causes. Orla is survived by her parents Pat and Tirish, brothers Mark and David and by her sisters Ann Marie and Ciara.