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Tributes paid to teenager killed in Co Kerry crash

Thomas Healy, 14, was killed and another teenager seriously injured following a crash at the Ross Road in Killarney early on Wednesday morning.

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The incident has been referred to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (Brian Lawless/PA)

The incident has been referred to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (Brian Lawless/PA)

The incident has been referred to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (Brian Lawless/PA)

A 14-year-old who was killed in crash that left another teenager seriously injured has been named locally as Thomas Healy.

The young driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at the Ross Road in Killarney in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Gardai are investigating the incident, which has been referred to the Garda Ombudsman as the vehicle was subject to interaction with Gardai prior to the collision.

The passenger in the car, which was the only vehicle involved, was taken to Kerry University Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

Thomas Healy, a talented GAA player, is the son of a local tourism operator and musician Gerard Healy, a cousin of local TDs Micheal and Danny Healy-Rae.

Micheal told the Irish Independent that the whole family had been devastated by the incident.

He said: “Thomas was a wonderful young man and a very talented footballer. All we are asking people now is to pray for the family that they may have the strength to get through all this.

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“This is a very tightknit community and everyone is rallying around to help support the family at this difficult time in whatever way they can. All we are asking people for are their prayers.”

Danny-Healy Rae said everyone was “devastated by the tragedy.”

“He was a lovely boy and he comes from a lovely family. My heart goes out to that poor, poor family” he said.

Thomas was a keen sportsman, and was involved with Beaufort GAA and Killarney Athletic AFC locally.

Chair of Beaufort GAA, Neil Doherty told RTE: “The club are in shock.

“Any of the members I’ve been talking to are very shocked.

“For their teammates as well, it’s very hard, because these guys were here on the field last week training and playing a match and all that. For them now, this week it’s going to be desperate shock.”

The scene remained closed on Wednesday morning to allow for a technical examination.

Gardai are appealing for anyone with information to contact them at Killarney on 064 6671160 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.

Gardai said no further information is available at this time.


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