The 22-year-old driver of a Volkswagen Golf, which was on the wrong side of the road when it collided with a Citroen Picasso in which a family was travelling, was found to have drugs and alcohol in his system.
Eamon Dixon of Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co Waterford was killed instantly as were his passengers Kenneth O’Sullivan (39) of Blackpool, Cork, and Michael Tobin (38) from Abbeyside in Dungarvan.
The fatal crash happened at Kildangan on the Military Road, on the morning of December 4th, 2016.
Two adults and four children travelling in the other car involved suffered serious injuries in the crash but have since made full recoveries, the inquest in Dungarvan heard today.
The jury returned verdicts of accidental death in relation to all three victims, with death being the result of multiple traumatic injuries.
Tributes were paid at the inquest to the efforts of all the first responders, as well as members of the public, at the scene of the crash.