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Paul Healy

Tributes paid to Galway crash victims as school honours teenagers killed in tragedy

These are the faces of the tragic teenagers killed in a horror road crash in Co Galway.

The first pictures have now emerged of tragic Kirsty Bohan (14) and Lukas Joyce (14), who died after a car they were travelling in collided with a tree on the outskirts of Headford shortly before 6am on Easter Monday.

In pictures uploaded by Presentation College Headford - candles were lit in front of photos of the tragic youngsters inside their school.

READ MORE - Heartbreaking moment a woman first on scene of Galway crash says she 'couldn't wake boy and girl'

Tributes have also poured out from pals online who wrote: "Rest easy Kirsty ye will be missed."

Another tribute to Lukas said: "Fly high bud, you will be missed."

The horrific crash is believed to have instantly killed Lukas, who was the suspected front-seat passenger in the car.

Meanwhile tragic Kirsty, who was seated in the back of the car along with another 14-year-old girl, was rushed to hospital and was later sadly declared dead.

School pays tribute to Galway crash victims (

The other 14-year-old girl was transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin with serious injuries. This evening, her condition is still being described as being serious.

The suspected driver of the car - another 13-year-old boy - was rushed to hospital and last night had injuries that were described as being non-life-threatening in nature.

All of the victims are understood to have been pals and were Second Year students at Presentation College Headford.

On Monday evening, the school’s Board of Management met for an emergency meeting to discuss the tragedy and the implementation of a Critical Incident Plan.

Presentation College opened on Tuesday for a three-hour period to offer support to students following the tragedy.

In a statement, the school said: "We have lost two treasured members of our school community and two other members of our community are injured. We pray for all the families and friends of those involved that they may be granted some peace and succour at this tragic time.

"We also pray for our own school community, that we may find the strength to support each other and carry on. We ask for your support, prayers and the space to grieve as a school community."

The Department of Education said the National Educational Psychological Service would be involved in providing support to students.

"The Department of Education joins with the community of Headford in County Galway as we mourn the devastating loss of beloved students this weekend," it said in a statement.

"Our thoughts are with the families who are mourning the loss of their children, and with the students and their families who are currently receiving care in hospital following the incident.

"Within the local school, the wellbeing of the students, staff and whole school community is of paramount importance."

The scene where two young teenagers have died after the car they were travelling in crashed near Headford Galway (Ray Ryan)

Parish priest in Headford, Fr Ray Flaherty, told RTÉ Radio One that the community was numbed.

"It’s just terrible news that has been received on Easter Monday after celebrating Easter over the weekend and the community is totally numbed," he said.

"They’re shocked and they’re in disbelief really of what has happened to these young people because they’re all known, the families to the local people and the local communities around Headford as well. So we’re just in disbelief really, to be honest.

"A young person, when they die they’re always remembered as being a young person, they have just started their lives and all of a sudden it’s taken from them so quickly."

Meanwhile a neighbour who raised the alarm told of the horror that they witnessed.

"At first I didn’t know what it was, I thought someone was at the back of our house, but then I heard a young lad shouting ‘I can’t wake them up’.

"I pulled on my dressing gown and ran out and saw the car crashed into the tree across the road," the woman told the Irish Independent.

"A boy was out of the car at that stage and shouting. He was in shock, the poor lad. I rang the emergency services and I ran over and I was trying to help as best I could.

"I was trying to get the pulse of the young lad in the front and a girl in the back, but there was nothing. There was another girl in the back and she was crying. It was just an awful thing. It was so sad."

The local woman said it appeared the car had come up over a crest in the road and ran along the top of a bank where there is a slight bend to the right on the narrow country road.

"It went head-on into the tree. The tree didn’t even move," she said through her tears.

"There’s been two accidents on this bit of road before. It’s a dangerous stretch."

Also speaking to this publication, local councillor Andrew Reddington said that there was a dark cloud hanging over the community.

"As a community we're all thinking of the two families who've lost their loved children," he said.

"There's a dark cloud over the community in the Headford area. Each and every person is thinking of the families of the young persons who lost their lives last night and are praying for the people that are in hospital.

"As a community we will rally together to support the families but ask for everyone to respect the families who need to grieve the loss of their children."

Gardai say they are continuing to investigate the collision - and closed off the L6127 at Glennagarraun, Ballyfruit in Headford so that the scene could be examined.

Gardai say they are engaging with the families involved and that Family Liason Officers will be appointed.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this collision to come forward.


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