The family of three killed in a horrific car crash on the M6 in Galway earlier this week have been named locally.
Sabah Karzan, his wife Shahen Qasm and their eight-month-old baby Lena died in the three-car crash near the westbound approach of the M6 at Poolboy near Ballinasloe at 7.40 p.m. Thursday evening.
The family was a member of the Irish-Kurdish community.
Sharing a photo of the three on Facebook, the Kurdish Irish Society expressed its “deepest sympathy to the family.”
“May their souls be restored to Allah and may they rest in peace. May God grant rest to their souls,” the company wrote.
Karzan Saba grew up in Erbil – the capital of the Kurdish region of Iraq. He studied agriculture at the University of Salahaddin.
He came to Ireland in 2017 on a student visa. He attended NUI Galway and obtained a PhD from the Faculty of Agriculture.
In a statement released this afternoon, the Kurdish Irish Society described him as “a true father who adored his wife Shahen and their little Lena”.
“They [the family] loved Galway and all of its people, and the amount of social media posts is a fluid tribute to that. “
The company said Shahen previously worked as an engineer. She too was from Erbil.
Earlier this week, Karzan had been offered a new position at Carlow.
On Thursday evening, he, Shahen and Lena left Galway for Carlow in hopes of making new accommodation arrangements.
“They were a friendly family and appreciated by the community for their politeness, and they always had a kind word and were very sociable,” said an Irish Kurdish spokesperson.
“Karzan had excellent relations with Kurdish families in the Galway region and maintained his passion for being Kurdish. He was trilingual and spoke Kurdish, English and Arabic, he also enjoyed reading, music and traveling.”
The company said the family will be missed “by their families in Kurdistan, relatives, friends, Kurdish communities and all who knew them”.
The group added that the repatriation of Karzan, Shahen and Lena was now being organized.
It is understood that all three were killed instantly when their car collided with another vehicle traveling in the wrong direction on the highway.
The driver of the vehicle causing the incident, a Polish national, also died in the crash.
He had already been arrested for several dangerous driving cases.
The driver of the third car escaped with what is described as “non-life threatening injuries”.
Autopsies of all those killed are continuing at Portincula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
Gardaí in Galway reiterated its appeal to all witnesses, especially all road users who may have images from the dashcam and were traveling on the M6 at the time of Thursday’s crash, to make these images available to them. .
Anyone with information has been invited to contact Ballinasloe Garda station on 090 9631890, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any other station in Garda.