A FUN-loving young man who died before his time. That is how friends have been describing Liam O’Shaughnessy, from Kilbreedy, Kilcornan, who passed away on Sunday after sustaining serious injuries in a car crash on August 3.
The funeral of the 26-year-old took place on Thursday morning in St John the Baptist church in Kilcornan.
A former pupil at the Salesian Secondary College in Pallaskenry, Liam was well-known in the area and had a large circle of friends. As the sad news of his death emerged this week, many took to Facebook to pay tribute to the father-of-one.
One close friend described him as “the life and soul of every party”.
“You were such a fun loving guy, who loved life,” commented another.
Local councillor Emmett O’Brien has also extended his sympathy to the O’Shaughnessy family.
“It’s a dreadful tragedy for a young man in the prime of his life for it to have ended so unexpectedly and for him to be wrenched so tragically away from his family,” said Cllr O’Brien.
“I know, however, as in times before, the people of Kildimo Pallaskenry and Kilcornan will rally around the O’Shaughnessy family,” he added.
Liam is survived by his parents Billy and Mary, his son LJ, brothers, sisters and a large extended family.
He was a back seat passenger in a car which crashed at Ballycasey, near his home, at around 3am on the bank holiday Monday.
All three were rushed to University Hospital Limerick. While the other two occupants of the car - brothers from the area - were treated for non-life threatening injuries, Liam was taken to Cork University Hospital with severe head injuries.
Members of his family maintained a vigil at his bedside throughout the week, but he passed away in CUH on Sunday.
Following his death, a post mortem was carried out before his remains were released back to his family this week.
Gardai in Newcastle West are investigating the incident and have appealed for anyone with information to contact them at 069-62111.
Mr O’Shaughnessy’s death brings to five the number of people who have died on Limerick’s roads so far this year. Four of these fatalities have occurred within the Adare-Rathkeale area.
Last month, two people were killed within five miles of each other on the N21.
Stephen Duggan from Feohanagh died on July 13 when he was struck by a van while walking on the road near Rathkeale, while Peg Kelly from Monagea lost her life as a result of a crash at Ballyfrawley on July 26.
And in February, 73-year-old Patrick ‘Sonny’ Reilly from Clarina died when the car he was driving collided with another vehicle in Ballybrown.