Boy (12) dies after pony pulling trap he was riding on 'bolted' and collided with truck
A 12-year-old schoolboy who was due to make his confirmation has been tragically killed in a freak road accident.
The victim was named locally as Sean Doyle from Melrose Avenue, Clondalkin.
He is believed to have died when the pony that was pulling the trap he was riding bolted and collided with a drainage truck.
Neither of the other two boys with him at the time required hospital attention.
Gardai are investigating the horrific freak accident, which happened on St Cuthbert's Road in Clondalkin at around 1.40pm yesterday, just a short distance from his home.
It is believed the boy was killed instantly after he rolled under the truck.
Sean lived with his mother Stacey Doyle and an older brother and younger sister.
Friends and neighbours of the family of the dead boy said he was "a wonderful child who loved horses". The horse belonged to a friend of the boy.
Sean was a pupil of Scoil Talbot primary school in Bawnogue and was due to to make his confirmation in April.
Marianne Maughan (39) lit a candle at the scene last night as fire fighters removed the cart and lorry from the scene. A teddy bear and flowers tied to a young tree at the scene were brought by the boys friends, she said.
"He will be very sadly missed. He used to visit his grandparents Mary and Joe Doyle very regularly at Kilcronan Court.
"Everyone is so sad as he was well known all around the area. He was so full of life. He just grasped life. It's the least I can do to light a candle for him."
Local mother-of-three Sandra Lucas said her children told her Sean had sat an entrance exam on the morning of the tragedy for a local secondary school. She arrived at the scene shortly after it happened. "It was a very sad sight to see the young lad lying on the road. Very sad," she said.
"A friend who was with him was crying and holding the horse and a girl went over to help him. He loved riding on the cart with his friends."
Sean also enjoyed playing soccer on the local green.
Local councillor Gino Kenny said the incident had come as a terrible shock to the community. He visited the area, which is beside a halting site on the road.
Sean was not a member of the travelling community.
"It seemed what happens is that the horse bolted and the trap turned over and they fell off," Mr Kenny said.