MOURNERS at the funeral Mass of a teenager who lost his life in a tragic road traffic accident in County Limerick heard how “the colour of all of our lives can change in a wink of an eye”.
Hundreds of people attended the funeral Mass on Friday of teenager Kenneth Ryan from Pallasgreen who died instantly when his quad bike collided with a tractor near Doon last Tuesday.
At St John the Baptist church in Nicker, Parish Priest Fr Conor Hayes, Kilteely, Co Limerick, told mourners: “Be it car, tractor or farm machinery, we all have a great responsibility to ourselves and to others, and how we use the road, and, in our vigilance and in our care, in respect for life, for self and for others. That’s a great lesson we learn, probably today.
“None of us are here forever, and the pattern and colour of all of our lives can change in a wink of an eye in our own home or family or community,” he added.
The teenager was one of two young men to die on Limerick roads in the past week.
At lunchtime on Wednesday 22-year-old Minjie Chen from Clonakilty, County Cork lost his life following a two car collision at Creggane on the N20, between Rourkes Cross and Charleville.
Mr Chen is understood to have been travelling from Limerick in the direction of Charleville.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to University Hospital Limerick for a post mortem.
The driver of the other car, a student from Galway, was taken to University Hospital Limerick where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries. There were no passengers in either car.
Gardai at Bruff are investigating the circumstances of both collisions.