Tragedy as toddler killed by car in driveway
Tragedy struck a young family when their little boy was knocked down and killed in their driveway.
The toddler was named locally as Cillian O'Cualain, who was three months short of his second birthday. He was killed in the accident outside his home in the Clynagh area of Carraroe, Co Galway.
A family friend had been visiting the toddler's parents, Maura Rose and Mairtin, and was leaving the house shortly before 4pm. It is understood they were saying goodbye to the friend when Cillian ran towards the car. He suffered injuries when he was struck by the vehicle as it was moving off.
Emergency services and gardaí attended the scene and the toddler was air-lifted to University Hospital Galway, where he was later pronounced dead. A post mortem has been scheduled to take place today.
Forensic collision investigators attended the scene to carry out an examination.
The toddler's parents are a young, recently married couple who not long ago welcomed a new baby into their family.
They were described as popular and well-liked in the area.
Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, who is from the area and knows the family, extended his heartfelt condolences.
"I would like to say that our hearts go out to them. It's just a tragic incident that could happen to anyone but has horribly befallen this family," he said.
Neighbours said the couple are "absolutely distraught" about what happened.
They were being comforted last night by family and friends.