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Friends of tragic Ballymun crash victim Josh Boyd hold emotional vigil

The 19-year-old tragically died after the bike he was riding struck a lamp post while traveling on Sillogue Road in Ballymun just after 3.30pm on New Year’s Day.
Josh Boyd

Josh Boyd

Neasa Cumiskey

Friends of tragic Ballymun teenager Josh Boyd held an emotional vigil for crash victim over the weekend ahead of his funeral later this week.

The 19-year-old, whose partner is expecting a baby boy in a few weeks' time, tragically died after the bike he was riding struck a lamp post while traveling on Sillogue Road in Ballymun just after 3.30pm on New Year’s Day.

Emergency services arrived at the scene soon after the accident, but Josh was pronounced dead a short time later.

On Saturday, friends of the father-to-be paid tribute to him by holding a vigil where dozens of blue balloons were released as attendees embraced each other.

Many of Josh’s pals arrived at the vigil on motorbikes to honour his love of bikes.

A number of friends shared videos of the balloon release on social media, with one writing: “A tribute for you Josh. Great turn out from everyone who knew and loved you. You’ll be so missed by everyone. Look over your family for the next week. It’s gonna be a tough one.”

While another wrote: “RIP Josh Boyd. Forever young.”

Local Fianna Fail Councillor Keith Connolly said that the whole Ballymun community is “very upset” in the wake of Josh’s tragic death, saying: “The community is very upset, the young man’s girlfriend was expecting a baby in a few weeks. He had his whole life ahead of him.”

Mr Boyd’s funeral is due to take place on Friday 14th January at 10am in The Church of the Holy Spirit, Sillogue followed by a burial in Glasnevin Cemetery.

A notice on RIP.ie reads: “Beloved brother of the late Lee. Josh Paul will be sadly missed by is loving mother Rosaleen, father Joseph, brothers and sisters Kelly, Joseph, Keira, Leon, Darryl, and Shauna, girlfriend Chloe, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, extended family, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

“May Josh Paul rest in peace.

“Funeral Mass on Friday, 14th January, at 10am in The Church of the Holy Spirit, Sillogue, followed by burial in Glasnevin Cemetery (St. Paul's Section).

“We would ask that you please adhere to guidelines regarding social distancing and the wearing of face coverings. The family would like to thank you for your support and understanding at this most difficult time.”


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