Heartbreak as 'wonderful' boy (12) is killed in tragic accident
A 12-year-old schoolboy, who was due to make his Confirmation, has died when the pony and trap he was travelling on was involved in a collision with a truck.
The victim was named locally last night as Sean Doyle, from Melrose Avenue, in Clondalkin, West Dublin. Scores of tributes have been paid to the popular boy following the tragedy.
Sean died at the scene when the pony and trap he was travelling on with two friends collided with a truck. The other two boys escaped unharmed.
Gardai are investigating the accident, which occurred on St Cuthbert's Road, in Clondalkin, yesterday at approximately 1.40pm, just a short distance from his home.
Sean, who was a pupil of Scoil Talbot primary school in Bawnogue, lived with his mother Stacey, and has an older brother and younger sister.
Friends and neighbours of Sean's family said he was "a wonderful child who loved horses".
Caring for horses, which are kept at local stables, is a popular pastime among children in the area. The horse belonged to one of Sean's friends.
A local woman said: "Our hearts go out to his mother Stacey. Sean was going to make his Confirmation on April 23."
Mum-of-three Sandra Lucas said her children told her that Sean had sat an entrance exam for a local secondary school on the morning of the tragedy.
Ms Lucas said she reached the scene shortly after the accident had happened.
"The ambulance was just arriving. It was a very sad sight to see the young lad lying on the road. Very sad. A friend who was with him was crying and holding the horse, and a girl went over to help him.
"He loved riding on the cart with his friends," she said.
Marianne Maughan (39) lit a candle at the scene last night as firefighters removed the trap and lorry from the scene. A teddy bear and flowers tied to a tree at the scene were brought by the boy's friends, she said.
"He will be very sadly missed. He used to visit his grandparents regularly. Everyone is so sad as he was well known around the area.
"He was so full of life. He just grasped life. It's the least I can do to light a candle for him tonight," she said.
Local councillor Gino Kenny said that he knew Sean's grandmother, Mary, and that the incident had come as a terrible shock to the community.
Mr Kenny said that he visited the area, and that it appeared that the incident was a freak accident.
"I was up earlier and talking to the lads in the area. It seems what happened is that the horse bolted and the trap turned over and they fell off.
"The two other lads were okay and the horse was okay, but Sean was killed. It's absolutely awful," he told the Herald.
"God help the family. I know his grandmother Mary, but I haven't spoken to her in a while. I didn't know the young man himself," he added.
Gardai have launched an investigation into the incident. Sean was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.
Neither of the other two boys required hospital attention.
A garda forensic team attended the scene for a number of hours. However, it is understood that the case is being treated as a freak accident.
Witnesses are being asked to contact gardai.