A THREE-year-old County Limerick boy who died after being struck by a car at his home is to be laid to rest tomorrow (Monday).
Little Pádraig Denis Cunningham, of Kilcoora South, Broadford was fatally injured in what has been described as a tragic accident on his family farm around 10.30am Friday.
Emergency services tried valiantly to save him but he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards at University Hospital Limerick.
In an online obituary, Pádraig is described as was a “cherished and adored son of heartbroken parents Robert and Denise née McAuliffe, and much loved brother of Áine, Maebh and Clodagh, treasured grandson of Patsy and Margaret and the late Denis and Anne McAuliffe.
“Very sadly missed by his parents, sisters, grandparents, aunts Aedín, Marion and the late Patricia, uncles-in-law Jerry and Pat, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends,” it stated.
A Mass of the Angels will take place in St Ita’s Church, Raheenagh, Co Limerick, at 12.30pm, Monday, with burial immediately afterwards in Killeedy Cemetery.
A statement from the Garda Press Office confirmed that “Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of an incident on private property, in Broadford, County Limerick on Friday, July 22.
“A three year old child (boy) later passed away from his injuries and a family liaison officer has been appointed to support the family at this time. No further information is being made available,” the statement added.
Family friend and local non-party Limerick county councilor, Jerome Scanlan, said: “We’re all trying to come to terms with the tragic news in Ballyduhig. It’s just dreadful, a frightening thing to happen. My heart goes out to the family.”
“It’s just a dreadful scenario, it’s dreadful for his mother and his father, and his three sisters that are aged a few years old than him, the eldest who is twelve.”
“It’s just terrible. One never knows when you get up if you’re going to get to bed or what is going to face you,” Cllr Scanlan said.