TRIBUTES to tragic junior Cert student Craig Harford have been left online by his heartbroken friends after his death on the Ashbourne bypass in Co Meath.
Craig was one of five to have died in accidents in just two days.
The 15-year-old from Brindley Park in Ashbourne had just completed his Junior Certificate exams. He was a pedestrian on the main Ashbourne bypass when the accident happened just before 5pm on Sunday. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.
Craig was a popular student at Ashbourne Community School, where he recently completed third year. In May he was awarded the academic gong for Excellence in Music.
Parish priest Fr Derek Darby said: "Craig was a very popular lad and loved by his friends. The younger people are very badly affected by this tragedy. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time. Everybody in the community is so very saddened."
His funeral will take place on Thursday at the Church of The Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne. Craig is survived by his father Des and mother Melanie and siblings Billy, Jamie, Sarah and Sophie.
In another incident, a 28-year-old man was killed when his car smashed into a bridge in Waterford yesterday. Rory 'Rangey' Harcourt, of Passage East, died instantly as his vehicle hit a wall at Jack Meade's Pub on the Cheepoint Road.
Meanwhile, a 22-year-old man died in a fire at a flat in Cork. In Dublin, the body of a man was discovered at the Baldoyle Estuary at about 2.15pm yesterday. And Allen Murphy (19) drowned in a quarry in Wexford at the weekend.