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

The Requiem Mass of Thomas Healy (14) was held privately at 11am on Saturday

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RIP: Thomas Healy

RIP: Thomas Healy

RIP: Thomas Healy

A Kerry teen who died in an horrific Killarney accident was hailed as a hugely talented Gaelic footballer who died just as he was about to proudly wear the Kingdom jersey.

The Requiem Mass of Thomas Healy (14) was held privately at 11am on Saturday because of Covid-19 guidelines but neighbours, school friends and sports club colleagues paid special socially-distanced tributes along the funeral route to the Beaufort teen.

Prayers were offered for the recovery of the teen's 14 year old friend who suffered critical injuries in the accident and faces multiple surgeries.

The teen is survived by his parents, Ger and Julie, his brothers, Jack, Danny and Michael as well as his extended family.

The tragedy occurred when a 25 year old Toyota car was involved in a single vehicle collision on Killarney's Ross Road at 1am on Wednesday.

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Thomas 'Tom' Healy (14)

Thomas 'Tom' Healy (14)

Thomas 'Tom' Healy (14)

 

The deceased was the driver of the vehicle involved which apparently spun out of control and struck a tree.

Separate Garda and Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) investigations are now underway into the incident.

The vehicle involved had come to the attention of Gardaí minutes before the fatal collision.

Special guards of honour were in place as the teen was brought from his family home at the Gap of Dunloe to St Mary's Church in Beaufort and then to Churchtown cemetery.

The teen is the son of well-known Kerry musician, Ger Healy, who is known locally as 'The Singing Jarvey'.

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His older brother is respected London-based musician Jack Patrick Healy.

The deceased is also distantly related to Kerry TDs Michael and Danny Healy-Rae.

In a moving tribute, Jack Patrick sang the entrance hymn as Thomas' coffin was brought into St Mary's as well as hymns throughout the Mass.

The passions of the teen's life were reflected in the Offertory Gifts which included an O'Neill's football, a family photograph and a toy Ford tractor.

His brother Danny told mourners Thomas died just as it was indicated he was scheduled for a call-up to the Kerry juvenile side.

"As my mother said, rather than being taken to Paris for her 40th birthday she was presented with a present of a lifetime which unfortunately only lasted for fourteen and a half years," he said.

"But the memories of Thomas will live forever. Thomas was the centre of our lives. As you all know, Thomas was an all-rounder - he played for Beaufort GAA, Killarney Athletic and we were only told this week that he was in line to wear the Kerry jersey."

"On top of this, he was able to adjust his schedule to fit in athletics and golf. He had such natural ability and sportsmanship."

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Thomas 'Tom' Healy dressed up as singing star Elvis Presley

Thomas 'Tom' Healy dressed up as singing star Elvis Presley

Thomas 'Tom' Healy dressed up as singing star Elvis Presley

He pointed out that Thomas even inherited great musical talent from his father and brother Jack.

Another of his passions was helping his father with vintage Ford tractors - often joking "if she aint blue, she won't do."

Mourners were told the community was now doing whatever they could to support the heartbroken family.

"Two friends, long time buddies, did not go out with the intention of not returning home," Fr Kieran O'Sullivan said.

"Thomas was dearly loved by his Dad, Mum and his three older brothers.

Ger reminded me that I was the priest at their pre-marriage course.

Thomas was their surprise baby."

"Thomas was the light and soul of the family who inherited a great singing voice. He was full of life."

"He was so talented - a great footballer and soccer player. It was said of him that there was a Kerry jersey in him."

"He was loved, he was liked and he was a joy to everyone who met him."

Thomas was deeply involved in sport and played with Beaufort GAA, Killarney Athletic AFC and Intermediate School Killorglin.

He was considered locally as an exceptional underage football talent.

Michael Healy-Rae TD said the entire community was left numbed and totally devastated by the tragedy.

"Thomas was a wonderful young man and a very talented footballer," he said.

"All we are asking people now is to pray for the family that they may have the strength to get through this."

Mr Healy-Rae said the local Gap of Dunloe, Beaufort and Killarney communities are extremely tightknit and were now doing everything to support the grieving family.

Ger Healy is a first cousin of Mr Healy-Rae.

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