10 Aug 2022

Waterford mother shares heartache of losing son (26) to drunk driver on the road

Waterford mother shares heartache of losing son (26) to drunk driver on the road

Sean Donnelly, Christina Donnelly and Carol Kennedy at the Road Safety Matters event in County Tipperary

A Waterford mother who lost her son to a car crash has opened up about her family’s heartache.

Christina Donnelly’s 26-year-old son Brendan and his friend were killed by a drunk driver on the road.

Brendan, his friend and two women were heading off on a holiday when a drunk driver ploughed into them.

Christina shared her story with over 400 Tipperary secondary school students as part of a Road Safety Matters event, which was organised by Tipperary Fire and Rescue Service with the roads section of Tipperary County Council, the Gardai, HSE and the Road Safety Authority.

The students were given a shocking insight into the life-changing consequences irresponsible driving can inflict on families.

"You could just feel and see the impact Christina had on the students. It was very powerful and moving to listen to her outline how the tragedy changed all of their lives forever," said Clonmel assistant chief fire officer Carol Kennedy.

Christina was one of many guest speakers at the Clonmel Park Hotel event.  Throughout the day students from four Clonmel secondary schools and the secondary school in Fethard had the opportunity to use the Road Safety Authority rollover car, the shuttle bus simulator and witnessed a simulated road traffic accident with all the emergency services taking part.

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