THE FUNERAL arrangements of 17-year-old Kieran Quigley, Rearcross who died on Tuesday night following a car crash on Saturday in County Limerick have been announced.
Kieran was in the middle of sitting his Leaving Cert.
He was travelling in a Renault Megane with three other older men when the accident happened at around 8.45pm at Grange Cross on the N24.
Kieran, a back-seat passenger, was rushed to the Regional Hospital where he passed away on Tuesday night. He was surrounded by his loving mum Kathleen and brothers and sisters as the life support machine was turned off. It is the second tragedy to hit the family in less than two years as Kieran’s father, Donie, died suddenly in 2010.
The Quigleys are a well respected family in Rearcross and one local told the Leader Kieran was a lovely young fellow that any parent would be proud of.
“Everyone is in total shock. He was a real jokey type of a young fellow and always had a smile on his face for everybody. He was looking forward to going to college. He is the second youngest of eight children and had his whole life in front of him. It is so sad to see a young life ended like this. He had so much going for him,” they said.
Kieran attended St Mary’s Secondary School in Newport with his younger brother, a Junior Cert student.
There were emotional scenes on Monday morning following the crash and Wednesday morning when the news broke of his death. Kieran’s desk, where he sat exams on the previous Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, lay empty.
School principal, Patrick O’Toole, said Kieran’s classmates were very upset before exams.
“He was very popular throughout the school and I would like to say on behalf of staff and students our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with the Quigley family during this difficult time,” said Mr O’Toole.
The Leaving Cert is a stressful time for all students but the sight of Kieran’s empty desk will make it even more difficult for students in St Mary’s.
“We contacted the National Education Psychological Service and we have counselling available for students who want to avail of it in the school. The State Examination Commission have been informed and have been very helpful and supportive,” said Mr O’Toole.
The crash happened at the turn off for Cappamore and Doon on the N24. Two of the men travelling in the car Kieran was a passenger in were hospitalised but were later released.
Parents and two young children in the other car were also hospitalised but were released shortly afterwards. Parish priest of Rearcross, Fr Daniel Woods said prayers have been said every day for Kieran and the Quigley family since the car accident.
“The Quigleys are highly thought of in Rearcross. Kieran’s father Donie was a building contractor, a real community man and they are a great family,” said Fr Woods.
Gardai in Roxboro are investigating the crash and appeal for any witnesses to contact them on 061-214340.