TRIBUTES have been paid to a young boy who lost his life in a car collision on a rural road in County Limerick yesterday afternoon.
The four-year-old who has been named locally as Jack McDonnell from Doon was travelling in a car with his parents and twin brothers, aged six, when the collision occurred.
The two vehicle crash occurred in Patrickswell, Lough Gur at a junction known locally as Honey Fitz cross at approximately 1.15pm.
The boy who was a back seat passenger in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fr Tony Ryan, PP, Doon who baptised Jack offered his deepest sympathies to his parents John and Carmel and brothers Sean and Philip.
“The people of the parish are saddened and indeed devastated at the news of the death of this young little boy who was so full of life and fun,” said Fr Ryan who knew the family well.
“Our hearts, prayers and sympathies go out to his parents at this sad time and indeed his grandparents and all his family members who are so saddened and upset by what has happened,” he added.
It is understood the vehicle in which the boy was travelling was turning towards Herbertstown at the junction - which is located close to the Honey Fitz Theatre - when the collision occurred.
A woman and three children were travelling in the other car which was travelling from the Herbertstown direction towards Bruff.
The drivers and other passengers of both cars sustained minor injuries.
Emergency services, including fire engines from Kilmallock and Cappamore and ambulances crews attended the scene and the road where the collision happened was closed for several hours to facilitate a detailed forensic examination.
It is understood there was extra traffic in the area at the time of the collision as a funeral was taking place in Patrickswell Church which is located near the junction.
A postmortem is to be carried out at University Hospital Limerick.
Local councillor Bill O’Donnell from Bruff said the incident has sent shockwaves throughout the local community of Lough Gur and Herbertstown.
“We are all deeply, deeply saddened by the events that have happened,” said Cllr O’Donnell.
“While the people involved are not from the immediate area, no doubt the event and all the tragedy and sadness that goes with it will have a deep impact on the local area of Lough Gur, Herbertstown and Bruff. The family are from a near neighbouring parish and we are all deeply saddened that this should happen.”
Gardai at Bruff are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision and are appealing for witnesses to the collision to contact Bruff Garda station on 061 382940, the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.
The boy is the fourth person to die on Limerick roads in 2013.