The death of schoolboy Gareth Cronin in yesterday’s early morning accident on the Beara peninsula followed a tragedy, two years ago, when his elder brother Glenn, who was also 16, died in a forklift accident on Castletownbere pier.
The single vehicle crash yesterday also claimed the life of the driver, Sean Crowley, 17, from Ballydonegan, Allihies.
A native of Cork city, his family had relocated to the peninsula two years ago.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene, at Cahermore on the Allihies Road about four miles west of Castletownbere. The Toyoto van being driven by Mr Crowley struck a ditch.
Mr Cronin’s mother, Anne, was being comforted by her partner Michael yesterday as she attempted to come to terms with losing both of her sons.
The entire community was numbed by the tragedy. Mr Cronin had played in an under-16 football championship match for his home club on Saturday.
Beara Community School principal Mary O’Sullivan said the community was devastated. The school will today offer prayers for the families of Mr Cronin, a fifth year student and former pupil Mr Crowley.
Mr Crowley, who leaves two sisters, was the only son of John and Dolores Crowley. He completed his Leaving Certificate last year and was working for a construction firm in Cork city.
Local parish priest Fr Liam Comer said: “This is a terrible day for the community. The distress is so visible on people’s faces.”
Meanwhile, a 35-year-old man who died in a weekend car crash at Ardnacrusha Co Clare was named as Shane Browne of Ballycannon Heights, Meelick. A second man, aged 38, remains in a critical condition.