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Friday 15 December 2017

Parents and pals weep for tragic Nicole at wake

ACCIDENT VICTIM: Schoolgirl (13) spends her last night at home

TONIGHT will be Nicole Kelly's last one at home.

Heartbroken family and friends will keep wake for the 13-year-old before bringing her to her final resting place tomorrow.

They scarcely believe that, just two days ago, Nicole was alive and well and amongst them.

The teenager was knocked down in an horrific road traffic accident just yards from her home in Mulhuddart on Wednesday evening.



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Off-duty gardai tried desperately to save Nicole, but she died later in St James Hospital.

Her heartbroken parents, Paul and Karen, were alerted to the tragedy just minutes after it occurred after 9pm.

And last night, best friend Hayley Dunne wrote a moving tribute to the young girl on her Bebo site.

She described how she had been asked to do Nicole's makeup ahead of burial tomorrow in Mulhuddart cemetery.

"Nicole, I don't know what to be saying, can't believe you're gone," Hayley wrote. "I tidied your room for you today and me and Kiara sorted out stuff for the funeral. I wish I could turn back time. You're my bestest friend in the world and nothing's gonna change that.

Hayley said that she visited the family home where her parents were devastated.

She said that her sister Corrina (10) was "lost" without her and Grace (4) was too young to understand and "doesn't know anything about this".

Hayley said that they had just booked to go to Portugal for a holiday. "It's gonna be hard but this is all for you, you're missed so much," she said.

"I just want you to ring me like you usually do every night and tell each other all of our problems. Miss you something terrible. RIP. my angel, you're always in my heart." Nicole, who attended Coolmine Community School, was described as "popular" and "bubbly" by friends on her Bebo site.

Her family said that she would be "sadly missed by her loving mother, father, sisters, brother, grandfathers Kevin and John, grandmothers Theresa and Betty, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends."

Nicole's father, Paul, yesterday told The Herald that he was heartbroken by the sudden death of his "eldest girl".



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The N3 sliproad where the teen was killed is notoriously dangerous, compounded by the fact that there are numerous ongoing road works in the area.

The driver of the car, believed to be a Spanish accountant, was informed in the early hours of yesterday morning that the girl had died and he was devastated by the news.

Nicole's body is reposing at the family home in Ladyswell Road, Mulhuddart t from 4pm and the removal will take place at the Church of St Luke the Evangelist, Mulhuddart on Saturday morning for Requiem Mass at 11am.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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