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Parents left 'shattered' by death of Dylan (11) after he was hit by van

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Gardai at the scene of the accident in Buncrana in which Dylan Kelly (11) lost his life after being struck by a van

Gardai at the scene of the accident in Buncrana in which Dylan Kelly (11) lost his life after being struck by a van

Gardai at the scene of the accident in Buncrana in which Dylan Kelly (11) lost his life after being struck by a van

The parents of a young boy who is the latest victim on Ireland's roads have been left "shattered" by his death.

Students at the national school attended by Dylan Kelly yesterday offered prayers for the youngster.

Dylan (11) was hit by a van while walking along Slavery Road, Tullyarvan, near Buncrana, Co Donegal, at around 5.30pm on Friday.

He was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where his parents maintained a bedside vigil. However, he died from his injuries on Sunday afternoon.

Devastated

Locals yesterday said a sadness had descended on the town after Dylan, who was originally from Dublin, lost his life in the tragic accident.

Fr John Walsh, who is the chairman of Dylan's national school, Scoil Iosagain, attended to him and the family while he was in the ambulance following the accident.

"His parents are absolutely devastated. Shattered is the word I'd use, but they are very brave," he told the Herald.

"People are absolutely stunned. Any death is sad, but for a young person to die like this, it's a tragedy.

"And the fact that it happened so suddenly exacerbates the situation."

Students at the school, including those in his two brothers' classes, have been given counselling since the tragedy.

They will be able to attend the funeral on Thursday, at The Oratory, Buncrana, if they are accompanied by a parent, said Fr Walsh.

"It's an absolutely desperate situation for both sides. It's just sadness here," said David McConnell, chairman of the local Buncrana GAA club.

"It's just horrific for the poor boy's family, and for the man who was driving, too. Our thoughts are with them."

He said the driver of the van was also a well-known man in the community.

Dylan, who was originally from Cabra, had moved to the north west in recent years.

"He went to Scoil Iosagain and I know there were prayers being offered," he added.

Dylan, who had two younger brothers and a younger sister, was a fifth-class student at the school. Speaking over the weekend, Buncrana councillor Rena Donaghey said the community was ready to rally round the boy's family and offer their support.

"Buncrana is no stranger to tragedy but this is yet another horrific accident and the wee boy was only 11," she said.

"It was an isolated incident on that particular road but driving conditions were absolutely horrific. It was dark from 4.30pm. It was just an awful evening weather-wise.

"I want to offer my wholehearted support and I know that the community will rally round. Whatever we can do will absolutely be done," the councillor added.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses to come forward, particularly anyone who travelled along Slavery Road between 5.15pm and 5.45pm on Friday.

The driver of the van, a man in his 50s, was uninjured.

Separately, a man (36) died when his car hit a wall in Co Clare at around 3am on Sunday.

He was named locally as father-of-three Michael Powell, from Truagh, Sixmilebridge.

The crash happened near his original family home at Roo East between Ardnacrusha and Broadford.

Mr Powell worked with agricultural machinery and was described as "a gentleman".

On Saturday, a man in his 40s died when his van hit a tree in the Goresbridge area of Co Kilkenny. And on Sunday night, a man in his 40s died when his car ran into a ditch near Glenealy village, Co Wicklow.


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