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Sunday 18 February 2018

Nephews and niece of celebrity chef Kevin Dundon killed in car crash

Kevin Dundon
Kevin Dundon
Soren,11, and Connor O'Shea, 3, were both tragically killed. They are pictured with their mother Maria, who is in hospital in critical condition
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

CELEBRITY chef Kevin Dundon is grieving after two young nephews and a niece were killed in a car crash overseas.

The Irish family were on holidays in Denmark with their father Brian - brother of Mr Dundon's wife Catherine - their mother Maria, and baby brother Torben.

Little Soren, 11, Saoirse, 9, and Connor, 3, tragically lost their lives in the crash as they holidayed in Denmark while visiting their Danish grandfather.

Their mother, a doctor, is currently in critical condition in hospital while baby brother Torgan, nine months, survived the crash.

Mr O'Shea was not in the car at the time.

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has expressed his condolences to the chef - a board member of Failte Ireland - on the deaths.

“I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Soren, Saoirse and Conor who are nephews and a niece of Kevin and Catherine Dundon

"I want to express my deepest condolences to Mr O’Shea and his wife Maria, as well as Kevin and Catherine on their loss. Kevin is a valued member of the board of Failte Ireland and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time,” Minister Varadkar said.

The family live in Pemberton, Australia, where the local community is mourning their loss. They moved from Ireland approximately ten years ago.

The crash occurred yesterday morning when their vehicle was in collision with another car travelling in the opposite direction, according to Danish police.

The other vehicle was travelling at 80km/h. It is understood Ms O'Shea was making a turn at the time of the crash.

"The mother was very shocked, but was not unconscious," a police spokesman said.

"The other person in the other car was also shocked, but not hurt. It was a really bad accident. It was so awful up there for the witnesses."

Mr O'Shea owns a wood-heating business in Manjimup, while Dr O'Shea worked at Manjimup Medical Centre, but was on maternity leave following the birth of her youngest child.

Local government president of Manjimup Shire, Wade DeCampo said that neighbours are shocked and devastated at the loss.

"It is tragic and incomprehensible, we couldn't even begin to imagine the pain the family must be going through," he said. "To lose three children at once - it just brings tears to my eyes even thinking about it."

Meanwhile, Mr Dundon's community of of Dunbrody, Co. Wexford are also shocked at the news.

A restaurant spokesman at Dunbrody Country House told the Herald that the chef was with his wife Catherine today and would not be commenting.

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