Friday 22 September 2017

'It's devastating – you can't put into words the shock and pain and numbness'

The crime scene in Rosbeg in Wesport last night where the crash happened
The crime scene in Rosbeg in Wesport last night where the crash happened

PARISH priest Father Declan Foley was with the Chada family when news of the car crash was broken to the boys' mother and other relatives.

"It was like an earthquake hit the place. It was devastating for all of us," he said.

"You can't put into words the shock and numbness and pain and grief of that news coming through."

Fr Foley, of Bagenalstown Parish in Co Carlow, said the "two little sports fanatics" Eoghan (10) and Ruairi (5) were their mother's pride and joy.

"They went to the local primary school in Ballinkillen and were extremely popular and very involved in the local community," he said.

He described how the two brothers were full of life and loved to play sports.

"The two lads were into sports in a big way, part of the Ballinkillen hurling club, and played football as well and played soccer," he said.

He said the Chada family were well known and involved in the community. "They just loved the area and were extremely involved in all aspects of community life."

He said he had met Sanjeev on occasion and that mum Kathleen had grown up in the area and although she worked and lived abroad for a time, came back home to raise her family. "Once the family started coming along, they built locally in Ballinkillen, quite near her parents' place," he said.

Fr Foley said he wasn't sure where Kathleen met Sanjeev, but said the pair were married "many, many years". He described the local community in Bagenalstown as being "absolutely ruptured by this very sad news". It is a "very, very dark day," he said.

- Fiona Ellis

Irish Independent

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