DEVASTATED friends have paid heartfelt tribute to a popular young teenager from Cork who lost his life in a Limerick – just days before his 20th birthday.
Jack Connolly Houghton, from Charleville, was killed in a single-vehicle crash on the R515 at Knocklong on Sunday, shortly before midnight.
Though Gardaí and medical personnel were on the ground within minutes, Jack, who had been driving the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The three passengers in the vehicle – one female and two males - managed to survive the crash, and were subsequently brought to Limerick University Hospital. Their injuries are not said to be life-threatening.
Since news of Jack’s death emerged yesterday, tributes have been flooding in for the young man.
Speaking to the Evening Echo about the loss, a former Mannix College schoolmate of Jack’s described him as “the nicest, most caring person” she has ever known.
“I had the great privilege of getting to know the real Jack,” she said.
“Jack would do anything for anyone. He was a person you would turn to for support. I have memories with him from school that I will treasure forever.”
Others took to social media to memorialise the young man, who would have turned 20-years-old later this month.
“Rest in peace Jack. My thoughts are with your family. A devastating loss. You will be missed dearly, taken far too young. It was a pleasure to know you,” wrote one friend.
“I’ll never forget you my friend, or any of our memories. You were always a pleasure to be around, a pure sweetheart,” wrote another.
Another friend said she was “shocked and heartbroken” but that Jack “lived life to the full” and that that is how he should be remembered.
In his death notice, Jack’s family said he is “deeply” missed by his loving parents, Imelda and Paul, his brother Shane, his sisters Gemma and Eimear, grandfathers Eamon and George, and a wide circle of family and friends.
He will be lying in repose at Hawe’s Funeral Home in Charleville tomorrow from 6pm to 8pm.
Funeral prayers will take place on Thursday at 2pm at the Holy Cross Church in Charleville followed by funeral to Holy Cross Cemetery.
Meanwhile, Gardai in Bruff, Co Limerick are continuing an investigation into the incident. Anyone with any information that might be relevant to that investigation is asked to contact them on 061 382 947.