Book of Condolences opened for Kurdish family killed in tragic crash

Galway Daily news Book of Condolences opened for Kurdish family killed in tragic collision

An online Book of Condolences has been opened by the Mayor for the Kurdish family killed in a road traffic collision last week.

Karzan Sabah, Shahen Qasm and and eight month old baby Lena lost their lives in a multi-vehicle collision on the M6 near Ballinasloe last Thursday evening.

Mayor of Galway City Colette Connolly opened an online Book of Condolences in memory of the family today, for people to convey their sympathy.

“As Mayor of Galway City, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathies to the families and relatives of Karzan Sabah D. Ahmed, his wife Shahen Qasm and their baby daughter, eight-month-old Lena.”

“I would like to extend my sympathies also to the wider Kurdish community for whom this tragic loss of life is so incomprehensible and equally devastating.”

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha dílse”

The book of condolences is open online at

The family, from Erbil in the Kurdish region of Iraq, came to Ireland in 2017 as Karzan was doing a PhD in agriculture at NUI Galway.

Shortly before the crash that cost them their lives, he had submitted his thesis and was offered a job in Carlow. The family was going to view accommodation ahead of a move there.

One other person was killed in the collision, the driver of another vehicle, Jonasz Lach, who caused the crash by driving into traffic on the motorway.

A GoFundMe page created on Monday to raise money to have the family’s remains repatriated has already raised over €86,000 from more than 3,300 donors.