Sunday 17 December 2017

Tragic car-death children 'were our joy, our life'

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

THE heartbroken parents of three children killed in a car crash while on holiday in Denmark have said they were "our joy and our life" and will "forever be missed".

Celebrity chef Kevin Dundon's nephews and niece Soren (11), Saoirse (9) and Connor O'Shea (3) were killed in the horrific two-car crash near the town of Lendum.

Their mother, Danish national Maria, and their four-month-old brother Torben, both of whom were in the front of the car, survived. Their Dublin-born father, Brian O'Shea – brother of chef Dundon's wife Catherine – was not in the car at the time.

In a statement released on behalf of Mr and Mrs O'Shea, the family paid tribute to the children. "We could not be more proud and honoured to have had the time that we have had with them and we are devastated with this loss," they said.

"Soren, our handsome, ever thoughtful and caring boy that forever wished to please; Saoirse, our beautiful, creative and charming girl and Connor our wonderful, precocious rascal. These were individuals that were our joy and our life," they said.

"They will forever be missed by us and all of those they have touched in their short lives."

The family thanked people "from all around the world" for their thoughts and prayers.

"Your respect for our privacy would be much appreciated," added the statement.

Mr and Mrs O'Shea moved to Australia 10 years ago and settled in the town of Pemberton.

A Danish police spokesman said their investigation into the cause of the crash, which happened on Tuesday, is ongoing.

Irish Independent

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