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Friday 9 December 2016

Tragic crash boy Daniel 'lived life to help others'

Daniel Roche loved sport and was involved in soccer and boxing
Daniel Roche loved sport and was involved in soccer and boxing

Tragic road crash victim Daniel Roche spent his life thinking about how he could help others, according to his sports coach.

Daniel (13), from Rathmullen, in Drogheda, Co Louth, died on Tuesday night after he was struck by a car while riding his bike last weekend.

He was involved in the accident on Sunday at 8.30pm on the Drogheda Slane road.

There was a collision between his bike and a Renault Scenic, near King William's Glen Junction.

The much-loved young boy was sports mad and played as a full-back for St Nicholas GFC. He was also involved in soccer and boxing.

Des McDonald, chairman of St Nicholas and the boy's coach, was yesterday meeting with Daniel's heartbroken parents and has organised for his team-mates to form a guard of honour at his funeral.

Siblings

Daniel is survived by his parents, Paul and Lyndsey, and his five younger siblings.

He will be laid to rest on Saturday following a funeral Mass in the Holy Family Church in Ballsgrove. Daniel had been preparing for his second year at St Oliver's Community College.

Mr McDonald, spoke about Daniel's love for sport and how he was always on hand to help others.

"He has been here at the club since he was five or six. He was one of those lads who would always do anything for anybody.

"Even though he was young, he used to love to come down and help with training the kindergarten group.

"He was a very well-mannered lad, always thinking about what he could do for someone else," he said.

"[Daniel] is a serious loss for the community and for the club.He absolutely loved sports. He played soccer as well and also did a bit of boxing," he added.

It is understood the family had recently welcomed a new arrival.

"His parents would also come down to support him," Mr McDonald said.

A statement on the club's Facebook page paid tribute to Daniel: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Daniel Roche," it said.

"Daniel was very popular with both his team-mates and managers, as well as other parents and club members and will be sadly missed by all. May he rest in peace," it added

As a mark of respect the club postponed all activities including all training and games have for the coming week.

St Nicholas GFC will be honouring Daniel with a laying of a wreath on the club's pitch at 6.30pm this evening and have invited all of him team mates, friends, family, club members to attend.

Seperately, on Tuesday, a 91-year-old man was killed following an accident on the roads. He was driving a car which was involved in a collision with a truck on the R147 at Pace, Dunboyne, Co Meath, at around 12.55pm.

Struck

A six-year-old boy is also recovering in hospital after he was struck by a car on Tuesday evening. The incident occurred in the Abbey Lane area of Athlone, Co Westmeath, at 8.30pm.

The boy was struck by a car which failed to remain at the scene. He was taken to hospital but gardai have confirmed the boy's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

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