A HEARTBROKEN family was last night being comforted by relatives and friends following the death of a young Dublin mum in a horrific car crash.
Aoife Kelly (31), a mother of a 10-year-old boy, died when her car struck a lamp post at a junction near Grange Castle in Clondalkin in Dublin early yesterday.
Ms Kelly, who worked for Ulster Bank, lived in Newcastle, Co Dublin, with her son.
Last night her parents John and Mairead and her brothers and sister were being comforted at their home in Clondalkin where Aoife had grown up.
Local people in Saint John's Crescent, Clondalkin, said Ms Kelly was "a really lovely person" and the hearts of the community went out to her grieving family.
Fr Michael Ruddy, parish priest of the Sacred Heart parish, Sruleen, said it was "a terrible tragedy" which had shocked the entire community.
He said Aoife had been a pupil at the Sacred Heart primary school before attending Colaiste Bride Presentation Order secondary school in Clondalkin Village.
Several people living in the area spoke last night of the shock and sadness which had descended on the community.
"It's unbelievable. Her little lad would often come to our house to play.
"She was a lovely quiet-spoken lady who was always very polite. The whole road is devastated by the news. Her family are deeply respected," said neighbour Gerard Looney (44).
"This is a terrible time for a tragedy with Christmas coming," he added.
Another neighbour Helen Delaney described Aoife as "a lovely, lovely woman".
"It's terrible. She was such a quiet unassuming person," she said.
Ms Kelly was driving her 2000-registered Toyota Yaris at 4.30 am when the car mounted a kerb at the junction of the Outer Ring Road and the Nangor Road.
The vehicle struck a tall metal lamp post.
She was taken by ambulance to Tallaght Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the accident to contact then in Clondalkin on 01 6667600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.