A community has been left "numb" and praying for a 10-year-old boy who was critically injured following a collision with a Jeep yesterday.
The "much-loved" little boy had been out enjoying a cycle with a number of children and, it's thought, a younger sibling when the incident took place in Ballymartin, Co Carlow.
A local man told how a well-known sportsman had been driving the Jeep and how he had left the vehicle to administer CPR to the child, while waiting on emergency services.
The child, who was believed to have been wearing a cycling helmet, was airlifted to Temple Street Hospital in Dublin after the collision at 1.30pm.
The child's father is said to be a lecturer, originally from Dublin.
A local man told the Herald: "The driver is well-known. He got a terrible shock. He got out of the Jeep and did CPR on the child. I know he did all he could for the little boy, a much-loved child."
The group of children had been cycling on what is known as a quiet avenue - the Borris to Fenagh road.
The road was closed and a technical examination was carried out following the incident.
Parish priest Fr Rory Nolan said: "The tragedy of it. It's hard to put words on it."
The priest asked for prayers to be said for the little boy.
One local man said a horsebox had been attached to the Jeep at the time of the collision.
Councillor Tommy Kinsella said: "I heard sirens and then the helicopter and knew it was very serious.
"The community is numb and in shock.
"It had been a beautiful day. There were lots of children around, lots of them were cycling."
Gardai are appealing for anyone with information, particularly any road users who may have dash cam footage, to contact them at Carlow Garda Station on 059 913 6620 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
Meanwhile, a driver in his 50s has died after a collision in Kilcullen, Naas, Co Kildare, yesterday. The man was pronounced dead after a collision between a car and lorry.