A NUMBER of students from a local school have received counselling after witnessing the horrific death of a man decapitated by a Dublin bus last week.
Eoghan Dudley (28) died of devastating head injuries when he went under the wheels of the 15-tonne double-decker vehicle. It is alleged that he was pushed, and a 29-year-old man has since been charged with his manslaughter.
Around 100 students from CBS Kilkenny, accompanied by their teachers, were in Dublin City Centre last Thursday at the time on a History trip. They were near the busy junction opposite Trinity College on Nassau Street during rush hour, when the disaster happened.
Christmas shoppers and other witnesses, including the bus driver, were visibly traumatised by the event. A number of them had to be treated for shock.
Several of the CBS students were also shaken by the incident. Their parents were informed of what had happened, and the following morning the students met a counsellor, to whom they will have ongoing access.
Principal of CBS Kilkenny Tom Clarke says all necessary help will be made available to students who require it.
A number of other witnesses to the incident, posting on the website boards.ie, have subsequently described difficulties in sleeping, loss of appetite, and being unable to remove the image of the scene from their mind.
Edward Connors (29), of Judge Darley’s Hostel in Dublin, appeared in court last week charged with the manslaughter of Mr Dudley. He was remanded in custody to be brought before Cloverhill District Court again tomorrow (Thursday).