“A Gentle Soul” – Tributes to Offaly teenager (15) killed in tractor accident.


A community in Co Offaly is in shock after teenage boy Shane Hickey dies in a tractor accident.

The third-year student (15) was remembered as a gentle soul after the tragic incident at Black Castle Bog, near Clonmore, on Thursday at 11pm.

Flower tributes today marked the entrance to Moor Road, just yards from his home, where Shane lost his life when the tractor he was driving ran off the road and into a drain.

The single lane road is a stone’s throw from the Hickey family home, where a steady stream of friends, family and neighbors gathered today to comfort Shane’s grieving family.

Residents of the close-knit rural community near Edenderry are stunned at the death of a popular St Mary’s College student.

“It’s just tragic, it’s awful,” said a local shopkeeper, who last saw Shane on Bank Holiday Monday, when Shane, his father Richard and grandfather walked into the shop.

They had taken part in a charity tractor run organized by the local Ballinabrackey GAA to benefit Pieta House, she said.

“He was a great boy,” she said.

“They’re all around here,” she added.

Shane played football for Edenderry GAA and has been described as a “gentle soul”.

Mark Young, who coached Shane, wrote on Twitter: “It was such a pleasure coaching you. You are a credit to your parents Richard and Paula and an idol to your brothers Alex and Evan. You will miss Shane very much.”

Offaly senior footballer Jordan Hayes, who hails from the same club as Shane, said: “Life can be so cruel, rest in peace Shane.”

Shane’s school, St Mary’s College in Edenderry, also paid tribute to him online.

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our third year student, Shane Hickey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents Paula and Richard and his brothers Alex and Evan. May Shane’s sweet soul rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis,” the school said in a statement.

Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin, whose diocese includes Edenderry, described the moment as a “very sad time”.

“Prayers and thoughts with Shane’s family and the entire school community at this very sad time. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis,” Bishop Nulty said in a tribute.

Shane’s primary school, Scoil Bhríde, said the death of her former pupil was “very early and tragic”.

“It is with great sadness that we learned this morning of the very early and tragic death of one of our former students, Shane Hickey. Our heartfelt condolences to Shane’s father Richard, his mother Paula and his brothers Alex and Evan. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm dilis”.

A statement on said Shane will be “missed forever by his heartbroken family”.

Shane’s remains will rest at his home from 1pm to 7pm on Sunday.

The funeral service will be held at 2pm on Monday at St Mary’s Church in Edenderry, followed by the burial at St Mary’s Cemetery.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the accident to come forward and all road users with video footage, including dashcam, are asked to provide them

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 932 7600 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. “A Gentle Soul” – Tributes to Offaly teenager (15) killed in tractor accident.

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