The squad car in which the two Kerry gardaÃ were travelling crashed into the hackney car shortly before 5am while they were travelling to assist colleagues involved in an incident in Blarney.
Garda George Rice was 45- years-old and was stationed at Mallow Road Garda Station. He was a native of Kilgarvan and was married with three children.
Seamus McIntyre was 29-yearsold and was stationed at Watercourse Road Garda Station. He was a native of Kenmare, and was building a home with his girlfriend at the time of his death.