Toddler dies after family car accident
A DUBLIN family were today burying their youngest child after he was fatally knocked down by their car.
The tragedy occurred on Sunday when Raymond Guthrie (2) was accidently struck outside the family home on Achill Island in Mayo.
The accident happened as his dad Shane was manoeuvring the car out of the driveway of the house in the village of Cloghmore.
Raymond had three older brothers, aged four, six and nine. He is also survived by his mother Lisa.
Desperate efforts were made to save the toddler's life but he died from his injuries.
His remains were taken to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar yesterday for a post-mortem examination and a funeral Mass was taking place at 2pm.
The Guthrie family had moved to the island from Dublin four years ago and had developed strong links within the community.
Local Garda Supt Michael Murray described the death as a "terrible tragedy".
Local Fianna Fail Councillor Michael McNamara said the community has been plunged into deep shock.
"Raymond and his family were very much part of community life down here in Cloghmore and I would like to offer them my sympathy and support and prayers and those of the whole community," he said.
It is the second tragedy to hit the island in recent months. In May, the rural community buried Garda Terry Dever (48), a father of three, who was killed in the line of duty.
The garda who was based at Belmullet Garda Station was killed in a head-on collision.
Just hours after the boy's death, a father-of-four died in another freak accident.
Mickey Conroy received fatal injuries at about 8pm on Sunday while he was showing a tractor to a friend.
Mr Conroy turned the ignition key while standing on the ground without realising that the tractor was in gear.
Mr Conroy was trapped under one of the rear wheels and died at the scene.
In a third incident, a 29-year-old male driver died as a result of a collision at Drumcar, Dunleer in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Gardai in Drogheda are investigating the circumstances of the single vehicle accident.
A passenger was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes hospital Drogheda with minor injuries.