Gorey teenager dies in freak accident

By Dan Walsh

North Wexford is in mourning following the tragic death of Colm Donnelly, (18), who was seriously injured in a freak accident at his home in Tinnock, Gorey, last Thursday, but lost his fight for life five days later at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin.

The 6th year student at Gorey Community School was carrying out repairs to a car at his home last Thursday evening when he became trapped under the vehicle. He was known for his passion for cars.

He suffered serious injuries and was rushed to St. Vincent’s Hospital where he remained in a coma for several days and died yesterday (Tuesday) causing intense grief throughout the community.


At Gorey Community School, Principal Michael Finn and the entire school community offered their condolences to the devastated family.

“As a school community, we are heartbroken over the sudden and untimely passing of Colm. His classmates are particularly devastated, as are his teachers. Colm was very involved in rugby in the school and had a great passion for farming, machinery and cars. He absolutely excelled at everything that he did.”

“Everyone at Gorey Rugby Club would like to offer our sincere condolences to Walter, Louise and Niamh Donnelly on the tragic passing of their son and brother, Colm.

“Colm was a very popular player and cherished teammate at the club, playing for many years from Minis through to Youths with great distinction.

“He will be sadly missed by everyone at the club, and by his teammates with whom he had formed a strong bond. Our entire club, team and coaches are devastated by this sad loss. Our hearts go out to his family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam,” added Gorey Rugby Club.

Deepest sympathy is extended to his sorrowing parents, Walter and Louise, sister Niamh, his Granny, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives, school community and many close friends. R.I.P

Colm will be reposing at Flood’s Funeral Home, McDermott St., Gorey, this Friday (17th) from 2pm until 10pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday (18th) at 11am in St. Patrick’s Church, Castletown, followed by cremation in Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross, Dublin,

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