THE DEATH of father-of-three Pa Kinsella who was killed in a seven car pile-up has shocked the New Ross community, where his grieving family are extremely wellknown.
The 38-year-old son of New Ross native Billy and Betsy Kinsella was trying to warn other motorists of the dangers that lay in their path when he was struck by a passing vehicle on the N11 on Friday.
Pa, who resided at Ashbrook in Enniscorthy, had set out from there shortly after 5 a.m. on Friday, leaving plenty of time to reach his place of employment in the meat department at the Super-Quinn supermarket in Bray.
Due to clock in at 7.30 a.m., he departed earlier than usual out of concern that road conditions might be tricky. He was involved in a seven car pile-up around 7 a.m.
He emerged from that accident relatively unscathed, but tragically lost his life when struck by a passing vehicle as he was trying to warn other motorists of the danger.
The tragedy occurred a year and a half after the passing at a young age of his brother Owen, who died in England during July 2011. Pa and his fiancée Gráinne, who he proposed to on Christmas Day, had been making wedding plans and family members have confirmed that the happy couple were looking at wedding catalogues in just the few days leading up to the awful accident near the Ashford junction.
Pa's passing is mourned by his parents Billy and Elizabeth 'Betsy' Kinsella, his brothers, twin Billy, Tomás and Kieran, by his fiancée Gráinne, by his daughters Alanah (11) and Corah (10) in Enniscorthy and by his one-year-old son Eoghan in Wicklow.
He learned his butchering skills in the business run by his brother Tomás at Slaney Street in Enniscorthy. He spent some time in the construction industry before returning to the meat trade, first in Rathdrum and more recently in Bray.
A man known for his sunny disposition, he was in especially good form recently after his engagement. He posted the good news afterwards on his Facebook page declaring 'me and my beautiful girlfriend are engaged'.
Pa's remains will be reposing at the family home, 8 Meadowlands at the Ross Road in Enniscorthy, today (Tuesday) from 2 to 8 p.m. with removal tomorrow at 11.30 a.m. to St. Aidan's Cathedral. His funeral will take place at 12 noon Mass tomorrow in St. Aidan's Cathedral - the same church where he would have wed his beloved fiancée Gráinne Cummins sometime in 2015.