Carol service for crash tragedy boy
A Christmas carol service is to be dedicated to a nine-year-old schoolboy killed in a car crash with his mother.
Ezacheal Covaci and his 35-year-old mother Leontina died when their car skidded on ice and crashed into a concrete wall in Co Louth on Saturday.
A nine-year-old female relation is fighting for her life in intensive care, while Ezacheal's three-year-old sister is stable.
Ezacheal's devastated father, who was driving the car, has been released from hospital.
Dunleer Parish Priest Fr Michael Murtagh said Ezacheal was a pupil at the local Scoil Bhride.
"The school is having a carol service in the morning in his honour," said Fr Murtagh.
"It's an horrific time for the family and its so more difficult when you are out of your own culture."
The Covaci family, who lived on Rivervale Grove in the town, are believed to be Romanian and the parents are understood to have very little English. They had been living in Ireland for more than five years with extended family members nearby.
Fr Mortagh said everybody in the parish and school was saddened by the tragedy.
"People want to reach out to the family but they don't know what to do or say," he added.