Tributes paid to 21 year old killed in railway tragedy

by Ian Begley

The young man who died after being struck by a train near Coolmine has been described as the “light of all our lives” by his father.
Robert Peel (21), left, from Lohunda was killed on Monday in tragic circumstances at approximately 3pm.
Rail services were temporarily brought to a halt, while three units of Dublin Fire Brigade – an ambulance, district officer and fire tender – attended the scene.
Robert’s father, Dermot, posted a picture of his son on Facebook, followed by a poignant statement.
He wrote: “We lost our beautiful boy yesterday. Robert has died suddenly and tragically. He was only 21 and the light of all our lives.
“We are bereft. Please keep him and us in your thoughts, prayers and songs.”
The death notice on Rip.ie read that Robert will be remembered by “beloved son of Marie and Dermot, dear brother of Rachel and Laura and boyfriend of Stephanee. Sadly missed by his loving family, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives and his large circle of friends.
The tragedy was described as a “serious incident” by Irish Rail who suspended the Maynooth/Dublin and M3 Parkway/Dublin. Dublin Bus also accepted rail tickets for its services in the aftermath.
Irish Rail had also asked customers travelling on the Maynooth line to not go to Connolly Station due to crowding. Robert’s remains will repose at Cunningham’s Funeral Home, Clonsilla this evening (Thursday 17th November), from 6 to 8pm. His funeral mass takes place at St Mochta’s Church, Porterstown at 10am tomorrow (Friday 18th November).

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