‘I held Kevin’s hand and I knew straight away he was dead’

THE death toll on Irish roads climbed to 98 yesterday after a two-car accident left a woman dead and two people in hospital.

The head-on collision took place on the N8 just a mile and a half south of Urlingford at around 2.20pm yesterday.

It was the second road fatality in Co Tipperary over the weekend and the ninth in the county so far this year.

Former Irish international rugby player Eddie Halvey is facing drink driving charges following the death of a 16-year-old Co Limerick boy on the N7 at Coole, Toomevara, Nenagh, shortly after 5am on Saturday.

The dead boy, Kevin Walsh from Sycamore Drive, Bruff, was the only son of Kate and Jim Walsh, who have an older daughter, Mandy, 20.

An Opel Frontera 4x4 driven by Mr Halvey, 35, struck a car in which Kevin Walsh was a back seat passenger near Toomevara, Co Tipperary.

Moments before the crash, Kevin Walsh told his uncle, Declan Tierney, how he was so excited about his first trip to watch his beloved Liverpool at Anfield in a few weeks’ time.

Mr Tierney, who was injured in the crash, said: “Tragically Kevin will never get to Anfield for what was going to be the trip of his young life.”

The car was being driven by the boy’s other uncle, Vincent Tierney, and Declan Tierney was in the front passenger seat.

Declan Tierney said yesterday: “After the impact I held Kevin’s hand and I knew straight away he was dead. I was pinned into the front. I could hold his hand, but he was dead.”

Mr Halvey is believed to have been travelling to Dublin to attend the European Cup quarter-final. He was not injured. Gardaí arrested him at the scene on suspicion of drink driving.

Gardaí have confirmed that a file is being prepared for the DPP on the circumstances which claimed the life of Kevin Walsh.

Meanwhile, four ambulances attended the scene of yesterday’s Urlingford accident and units of the fire brigade from Thurles, Urlingford and Freshford were also involved.

A woman, believed to be in her 40s and travelling in one of the cars with a man, was killed in the accident. Four men were seriously injured in the crash.

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