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Priest tells of 'responsibility' on the roads at funeral of quad bike crash victim

David Raleigh

Published 25/07/2014 | 21:16

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25/07/2014
STORY BY DAVID RALEIGH
Pictured at the funeral of Kenneth Ryan, Moymore, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick which took place at Nicker Church Co. Limerick.
Pictured at the funeral of Kenneth Ryan, Moymore, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick which took place at Nicker Church Co. Limerick. (Photo: Press 22)

A priest has told mourners at the funeral of a teenager killed in a tragic quad bike accident how everyone has a 'responsibility' to themselves and others to take care while travelling on the roads.

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Kenneth Ryan (17), from Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, who was killed instantly when his quad bike collided with a tractor near Doon in the county, last Tuesday, was remembered as a teenager who would have given 'half his heart' to his fellow man.

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.

Kenneth Ryan, (17), from Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, was travelling on a quad bike when it was in a near head-on collision with a tractor and hedge cutting machinery.
Kenneth Ryan, (17), from Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, was travelling on a quad bike when it was in a near head-on collision with a tractor and hedge cutting machinery.

Fr Hayes also prayed for the driver of the tractor involved in the tragic crash.

“A good man who set out on his day of work like everyone else, never intending that such a tragedy was to take place,” he said.

“We remember him today, that we have prayer and understanding and sensitivity to him too, as he has to live with all that took place last Tuesday.”

Andrew Ryan, a brother of the deceased, broke down in tears as he read a poem dedicated to Kenneth's memory, saying everyone would remember the cheeky smile on his younger sibling’s face.

Mr Ryan's uncle, John Mulready, a fire fire fighter with Cappamore Fire Service, who, in a tragic twist, was dispatched to the fatal crash, paid tribute to all of the emergency services who attended to his nephew at the scene of the fatal collision.

“This is a day I thought I would never have to to do,” he said.

“If you'd had a bad day, Kenneth would raise your spirits.”

He said the family had been struck in recent days by how many friends the teenager had managed to make in his all too short life.

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