THERE were poignant scenes at The Church of the Assumption on Sunday when friends and family gathered to say good bye to teenager Oisin Crotty who was killed in a collision on Thursday morning.
The 19-year-old, who is from The Rower, Inistioge was travelling to Kilkenny where he was an apprentice with ESB networks when the collision happened between Danesfort and Foulkstown.
A son of Sean and Mairead Crotty he The Rower he was a former juvenile GAA player with The Rower and played rugby with New Ross. He was brother to Brendan and Jack and was a great friend to many. “He was a third year apprentice and very good at his job and he was a bubbly and popular young man,” a family friend said.
The collision occured at 8.15am. Gardai are investigating the cause and appealing for witnesses. It is understood that there was heavy fog in the area at the time.
Two other men were taken to hospital and were treated for their injuries and two other people were treated at the scene.
One of the vehicles was an ambulance car whose driver was on the way to work at the HSE ambulance base in Kilkenny. He managed to put out a fire which broke out at the scene, using a fire extinguisher, despite his own car being damaged in the collision. FOG is being blamed for a five-vehicle crash which killed a teenager.
Local Labour TD Ann Phelan, who lives a few kilometres from The Rower, said the community “will be absolutely devastated” by the tragedy.
“It’s a very small, tight-knit area and everybody would know everybody. This will hurt them very badly,” she told the Kilkenny People.
Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to the popular youngster who was laid to rest after his funeral Mass in the Rower cemetery.