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Preparations under way in Borris, Co Carlow, to raise funds for Temple Street in honour of road victim Adam Lyons (10)

Preparations under way in Borris, Co Carlow, to raise funds for Temple Street in honour of road victim Adam Lyons (10)

Preparations under way in Borris, Co Carlow, to raise funds for Temple Street in honour of road victim Adam Lyons (10)

A man in his 50s has died in a three-vehicle crash in Co Wicklow.

Gardai are investigating the accident, which happened in the Lower Main Street area of Rathdrum at about 1am on Saturday. It involved a van and two cars.

The driver of the van was pronounced dead at the scene and was taken to a mortuary in Loughlinstown.

The driver of one of the cars, a woman in her early 80s, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.

An examination of the scene was carried out by garda forensic collision investigators and the road later reopened.

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Gardai are appealing for anyone with information, particularly any road users with dash-cam footage, to contact Wicklow Garda Station on 0404 60140 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.

The crash happened as it was learned that a schoolgirl's fundraising drive for a hospital after her brother died in a road accident has raised more than €11,000.

Ten-year-old Adam Lyons, from Ballymartin, Borris, Co Carlow, was cycling close to his home with two friends when he was hit by a jeep pulling a horse-box on June 25.

The jeep driver is a family friend.

A doctor living close by was quickly on the scene, followed by emergency services.

Adam's friends were also involved in the collision, but were not injured.

They were cycling less than a kilometre from their isolated homes.

Adam's injuries were so serious that he was airlifted to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin.

Despite frantic efforts to save his life, he died several hours later.

His 11-year-old sister, Ava, has set up the Shave the Brave fundraiser to give something back to Temple Street for trying to save Adam's life.

Ava decided she wanted to do something to help the hospital and started her fundraising challenge by inviting people to make donations at Adam's funeral.

She has now gone further, and even managed to get local priest Fr Rory Nolan to shave his hair off.

Fr Rory, whose tresses began to grow unruly during the Covid-19 lockdown, agreed to shave his head as part of Ava's fundraising drive.

They have set up a Justgiving fundraising page in Adam's memory, which initially had a target of €3,000. However, within only a few hours of it going live it had raised €10,000.

Last night, it stood at nearly €11,600.

Ava's slogan for the fundraiser is "As Breda snips, Fr Rory clips, it'll be a treat for Temple Street".

Local man John O'Shea said: "Ava and her brother Finn can't believe you've helped them hit their last target of €10,000 and have continued to donate.

"The fundraiser has now raised over €11,000 for Temple Street Hospital.

"Preparations for Shave the Brave have started.

"If anyone is passing through Borris, you now can't miss the amazing banner that Adam's aunt and uncle, Denise and Jim, family and friends created a few days ago.

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"I'm not doubting how valuable Fr Rory's hair is, but I know why people are all really donating your money.

"Temple Street is such an important place for all children."

Fr Rory will have his locks cut next Monday from 4pm to 6pm in Borris Town Hall.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it will be live-streamed on Facebook, but people are invited to go along to the town hall, where Ava will be selling homemade pancakes.

Local singer Tina Kavanagh will provide music.

To donate to Ava's fundraiser, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/frrorynolansshavefortemplestreet.