Boy, two, dies after freak road accident

A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy struck by a car as he ran to greet his grandfather has died.

The boy’s stunned family is gathering tomorrow for the funeral.

John Paul Holland was seriously injured when he was struck by a car as he ran onto the road outside his grandparents’ home on the Carrick-on-Suir to Kilmoganny road in south Kilkenny at about 5.30pm on Friday evening.

The boy saw his grandfather pull up across the road and ran through the gate which was being opened by his uncle. As he crossed, he was struck by a car coming in the opposite direction.

The boy’s mother, Louise, and one-year-old sister, Alannah, were being comforted at the family home by stunned grandparents, Pat and Margaret Holland, and their family last night.

The child was brought to St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny but died late on Sunday night.

The close-knit community of Kilmoganny has been shattered by the tragic loss.

Local councillor Matt Doran said the entire community has been touched by the tragedy. “Everyone is numbed. People of all ages have been touched and shocked by this tragedy. We can only offer our support to Louise and her family at this terrible time,” he said.

Meanwhile, in nearby Bagenalstown in county Carlow, locals are gathering to pay their final respects to 17-year-old Paul Donoghue. He died in an accident at Rathellin, Leighlinbridge, on Saturday night.

The Bagenalstown youth died when the car he was travelling in was involved in a collision with another vehicle on the main Carlow to Kilkenny road just before 8pm. Another youth, later named as Brian Nolan, has been transferred to hospital in Dublin, suffering from serious injuries sustained in the same crash. Two others are being treated at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny for their injuries.

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