THE KILLEEDY community is mourning the loss of 24-year-old Gerard Kelly, who was laid to rest earlier this week following his death in a car crash.
Mr Kelly was killed when his car struck a wall at Kilaculleen, near the Devon Road cross at Templeglantine on December 20. He was the fifth person to lose their life on Limerick’s roads in 2012.
Mr Kelly, a native of Morristown, Ballaugh, was laid to rest following his funeral Mass at St Ita’s Church in Ashford this Sunday.
He is survived by his father, Justin, his four brothers and one sister. His mother died in tragic circumstances a number of years ago.
Killeedy parish priest, Fr John Keating, said that the tragedy has been “very hard” on Mr Kelly’s family and the wider community.
“It’s been a very difficult time for the family and the community. It’s been a tough few days, and all we can hope to do now is put it behind us and move on. It’s very hard on the family. They’re great workers, and as a family they’re very well liked throughout the wider community. Unfortunately they’ve had to go through this before.”
Cllr Jerome Scanlan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, said that the Killeedy community was “in a state of absolute shock” following the news of Mr Kelly’s tragic death.
“It is just dreadful, people are numbed by this. And to think, at Christmas time, when families want to be together, and here we are, with a bereavement.”
Cllr Michael Collins, a native of Killeedy, also expressed sympathy. “This is a terrible tragedy for any family to endure, but it’s particularly hard at Christmas. I would like to extend my personal sympathies”.