Friday 6 December 2019

Heartbroken mum's tears as thousands join march for tragic Sean

Sean Doyle inset, and the walk yesterday
Sean Doyle inset, and the walk yesterday
Thousands came out to show respect for much-loved local boy Sean Doyle. Photo: Caroline Quinn
A garda at the scene of the fatal collision in which Sean Doyle was killed (Collins)
Sean Doyle is believed to have died when the pony that was pulling the trap he was riding bolted and collided with a drainage truck.

Allison Bray

The heartbroken mother of tragic schoolboy Sean Doyle sobbed as thousands of school mates, neighbours and friends filed past her home in a massive display of solidarity following the 12-year-old's death in a freak road accident.

More than 2,000 locals walked solemnly through the streets of Clondalkin yesterday in a memorial march in memory of the popular happy-go-lucky "horse-mad" youngster.

Nicknamed 'Smiley', Sean died after the pony and trap he was riding on with a couple of pals collided with a truck near his home on Melrose Avenue on Thursday.


It's understood the horse was spooked and bolted, causing the accident.

"You'd think it's for famous people," Sean's devastated mother Stacey Doyle sobbed as well-wishers broke down in tears to offer her their condolences.

"I've never seen anything like that before. That's for my son," she said.

Sean's grandfather Joe Doyle said the family was too distraught to join the procession, but is comforted and strengthened by the public outpouring of sympathy.

"Your grandson was loved by the community," a neighbour told him.

Members of the local community, including the Clondalkin Equine Club, which helped organise the walk, said local residents are heartbroken by the tragedy.

They have raised €20,000 so far to help the family with funeral and other costs.

A pony and trap led the procession as schoolchildren on bikes and scooters sombrely walked by.

They were joined by mothers and grandmothers pushing prams, teenagers, pensioners and families with young children who placed floral tributes, teddy bears and balloons on a tree where the accident occurred on St Cuthbert's Road.

A massive turnout is expected when the schoolboy is laid to rest at his local church later this week.

No arrangements have been made to date.


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