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RIP Tragic schoolboy Thomas Healy killed in Co Kerry car crash to be laid to rest on Saturday

Thomas died when the car he was driving crashed on the Ross Road near Killarney

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RIP: Thomas Healy

RIP: Thomas Healy

RIP: Thomas Healy

The young schoolboy killed in the horrific car crash in Co Kerry yesterday morning is to be laid to rest this Saturday. 

Dozens of heart-breaking tributes have been left on the RIP.ie condolences page for 14-year-old Thomas Healy from the Gap of Dunloe, Beaufort, who died when the car he was driving crashed on the Ross Road near Killarney shortly after 1am.

A relative of Deputy Michael Healy Rae, Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene while a second teenage boy was taken to Kerry University Hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

His death notice states that Thomas died “suddenly, following a tragic accident".

It reads: “Dearly loved and sadly missed by his heart broken Mom and Dad, Julie and Ger, his brothers Jack, Danny and Michael, his gran Cathy Shine Griffin, uncles John, Anthony and Timmy, aunts Jackie and Nikki, cousins Joshua, Dominic, Timothy and Ceara, relatives, neighbours, Laura and Leona (brothers partners), his team mates in Beaufort GAA and Killarney Athletic AFC, his school friends in the ISK, Killorglin and his many wonderful friends.”

A private funeral will take place for Thomas in St Mary's Church, Beaufort on Saturday morning.

Thomas' Requiem Mass will be live streamed on the Beaufort Parish Facebook page on Saturday morning at 11am, followed by burial in Churchtown Cemetery, Beaufort.

The funeral cortege will be leaving his family home on Saturday morning at 10.10am to arrive at St Mary's Church, Beaufort for 10.45am.

In the condolences section one person has written: “I am heartbroken for u all on the death of young Thomas when i heard the very tragic news on the radio early yesterday

“I was deeply saddened and couldn't imagine your pain..to you his Mam Dad and brothers particularly and all Thomas close relatives and young friends, a young hoy with amazing talent by all accounts. I hold u all close within my heart. Never forgetting the young friend who was with Thomas and all his family that that young boy will make a full recovery and all get the strength to deal with such tragedy and such loss of a young life - we are all but a candle in the wind.”

Another has added: “It’s with great sadness we heard of Thomas’s untimely death. Our heartfelt condolences to Jack and his family extended families Thinking and praying for you all at this awful sad time Rest in peace Thomas in your new home in Heaven.”

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One other message reads: “Deepest sympathy to all the Heavy family on your tragic loss of Thomas may the Lord give you strength to bear your cross I have been down that road 30 odd years ago.”

One person addresses “Ger, Julie and all the Healy family.”

“We are so sorry to hear of Thomas's passing. We are thinking of you and hope all of the wonderful memories you have of him will being you some comfort. Take care and may he rest in peace X"

Yesterday Michael Healy Rae paid a warm tribute to the 14-year-old and spoke of his family’s devastation.

“I have spent the day with the family and all I can say is it is every parent’s worst nightmare,” he said. “They are devastated, but we are also praying for the other young man who is in hospital and that he will overcome his injuries. It is an extremely upsetting, very difficult time for everybody. The neighbours are rallying around the family now.

“He was an extremely talented footballer, to such an extent that I believed he would have worn the county jersey in time, if God had permitted.

“Life is so precious and it can change in a day – it can happen to any house with lives turned upside down. It just shows you life is so fragile,” he said.

An avid sportsman Thomas played with Beaufort GAA and Killarney Athletic AFC and was attending the Intermediate School Kilorglin.

The school released a statement on their website which included advice for parents and students coming to terms with the loss.

“We are profoundly sad to have to inform you that The Intermediate School has experienced the sudden death of one of our students – Thomas Healy.

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of this wonderful boy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. We also pray for a recovery for his friend,” the statement said.

Two investigations are underway into the crash with gardai and the Garda Ombudsman Commission carrying out probes.

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