Tributes to son who ‘turned life around’

The father of a man who died in a car crash on Friday broke down as he paid tribute to his son, who was hoping to start college shortly.

Paul Doran, aged 22, died when the 06-registered blue Chevrolet Kalos he was driving lost control and smashed into an ESB pole on the outskirts of Limerick City.

Gardaí said no other vehicle was involved in the collision, which occurred at 4.55am on the Corbally Rd between O’Driscoll’s Pub and Cooney’s car sales.

He was driving home from visiting a friend’s house in Corbally at the time.

“He was a good lad. He was hoping to go to college; He had been looking at a number of different college courses. We’re all in shock,” his devastated father Pat said at the family home on Nicholas St, Limerick City.

The deceased was one of three sons to Pat and Margaret Doran.

His brothers, Daniel and Keith, were being comf-orted by friends and family yesterday, as the Dorans continued the task of organising Paul’s funeral.

He will be buried today in Mount St Oliver Cemetery following 11am requiem Mass at St Mary’s Church.

Gardaí confirmed the deceased — who had appeared in court last year on minor robbery and public order charges — had turned his life around and was hoping to progress into third-level education.

“It was a single-vehicle accident. He struck a pole,” said a Garda spokesman.

“We’re appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash or who has any information to contact us at Henry St Garda Station.”

Paul’s father said his son had moved on with his life and learned his lesson after appearing in court last year.

“All that is in the past now and Paul had put it behind him. He wasn’t involved in anything serious.”

“We’re all in shock. We’re still trying to come to terms with it.

“His mother can’t talk now, we’re all just devas-tated,” the grief-struck father of three said before he was overcome with the loss of his son.

“We don’t know what happened. The gardaí say they don’t know what happened yet. They have appealed for witnesses. It was a single car accident.”

In Jan 2012, the deceased appeared at Limerick Circuit Court on a charge of robbing mobile phones, cash, and a cigarette lighter, from two youths at Matthew Bridge, Limerick, in the early hours of Jan 14, 2011. He had drink taken and had admitted taking the items. He had been remorseful.

The judge gave him a chance, and by all accounts he had taken it with both hands.

He had not come to the attention of gardaí since the 2011 offence and had become a changed character re-fulfilling his family’s pride in him.

*Contact Henry St gardaí on 061 212400

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