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Crowds led by Mum Alison turned out in Sallins, Co.Kildare for Dane Loakman

Crowds led by Mum Alison turned out in Sallins, Co.Kildare for Dane Loakman

Crowds led by Mum Alison turned out in Sallins, Co.Kildare for Dane Loakman

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Sallins, Co Kildare for a silent march in memory of teen Dane Loakman, who tragically died crossing a busy road near his home.

Dane's heartbroken mother, Alison (38), held a picture of her beloved 16-year-old son as she led the march through the town, with many carrying candles for the vigil.

People congregated at 4pm on Saturday afternoon for the march in memory of the much-loved lad, who would have been 18 in January.

Dane, from the Castlefen estate, was struck by a vehicle as he crossed the main Sallins road to catch his bus to school on November 27 last year.

He died the following day in Beaumont Hospital and Alison donated his organs, saving the lives of three people.

Losing Dane had been "absolutely devastating" for his entire family, which misses him so much every day, his aunt Bernie Johnston told the Herald in advance of the march.

She pointed out that this week will be particularly difficult for Alison and Dane's brother Codey (20), with the first anniversary of Dane's death coming on Wednesday.

The local community has rallied around the family since the terrible tragedy struck.

Support

Dane's family and friends erected a bench in his honour at the front of his house last April and have also planted a red robin tree.

Among those who turned out to show their support for the family were people who have been campaigning for enhanced traffic-calming measures locally.

Kildare County Council has said a number of proposals were progressing, including warning signs on the road from Clane to Sallins to encourage traffic to slow down, as well as a speed detection sign.


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