Tragedy struck a Gowran family this week when 17-year-old Shane Breen was killed in a horrendous road accident on the N9 near Paulstown in Co Kilkenny in the early hours of Sunday.
The accident left Shane fatally injured and his passenger was rushed to St Luke’s Hospital where his injuries were said to be ‘not life threatening’. He was discharged the following day.
Gardai in Carlow are investigating the single vehicle collision that occurred on the N9 at Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, at approximately 6.25am. It is understood that Shane Breen’s car went off the road and hit a wall.
Shane had just received his Leaving Cert results earlier in the week from Borris Vocational School where he had been a student. He had hoped to continue on to third level this September. The school closed on the day of Shane’s funeral as a mark of respect.
Tributes were paid to Shane at his funeral service this week.
Borris Vocational School said that Shane was a very popular young man who would be greatly missed by all at the school, peers and teachers alike.
Parish Priest Fr Pat Dalton said the community of Gowran was shattered at the news of Shane’s death as it filtered through the community early on Sunday morning last. He said that there was huge sympathy and support being offered to the family from friends, family, and neighbours.
Hundreds flocked to the funeral Mass which took place on Tuesday at the Church of the Assumption in Gowran. This was followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.