Schoolchildren mourn road-death friend

Students at a Co Limerick primary school will gather in mourning later this week for the funeral of their 12-year-old classmate who died following an accident at the weekend.

Students at a Co Limerick primary school will gather in mourning later this week for the funeral of their 12-year-old classmate who died following an accident at the weekend.

Fifth-class student Johnathan Grace was killed instantly when he was knocked down just yards from his home near Daly`s Cross on the main Limerick-to-Dublin Road last Sunday night.

Students at Castleconnell Primary School are being supported by staff at the school following the tragic death of their classmate, who had started in the school just a year ago.

Principal Dearbhla De Paor said everyone at Castleconnell Primary School has been shocked and saddened by his death.

"Jonathan has been attending for the last year and has always integrated very well and has always been held in the highest regard by his peers and by by school staff," said Ms De Paor.

"We offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family." Johnathan's school pals held a special prayer service at the school on Monday for the Grace family, who have two other children attending the school.

Johnathan is survived by his parents Brendan and Susan, two brothers and a sister. Originally from Southill in Limerick city, the 12-year-old will be buried following Mass at the Holy Family Church in Southill at 11am on Thursday.

Removal will take place from Crosses Funeral Home in Limerick at 6.30pm tomorrow. Johnathan Grace was one of 10 people who lost their lives in a weekend of carnage on Irish roads.

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