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Mam of young Laois boy killed in tragic crash pays heartbreaking tribute as fundraiser launched

The mother of a young Laois boy who was tragically killed alongside his father in a crash between Tullamore and Mountmellick on Sunday has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her son.

Tina Morrissey, who’s son Sully, 5, was killed and her other two children, Hayley (9) and Daniel (8), left injured, took to Facebook and penned an emotional tribute.

She said: “I have no words. My heart has literally been ripped from me.

“Sleep tight Vince, and my beautiful big blue eyed boy, Sully wully sillys, mammy’s baby boy… Love you to heaven and back my sweet little angel.”

Dad Vincent ‘Finch’ Rossi and Sully Rossi died in the accident while Hayley is currently in a critical condition.

She was airlifted to Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin in the aftermath of the accident after suffering life-threatening injuries.

8-year-old Daniel was treated for minor injuries at the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore in Offaly but has thankfully been released.

The deadly collision, involving the car the family was travelling in and a lorry, took place on the N80 Tullamore-Mountmellick road in Offaly at 5pm on Monday evening.

Vincent, who is originally from Limerick, had been living with his kids in Portlaoise.

Gardai are appealing for further information from motorists who were travelling on the N80 at the time of the incident.

They are also looking to speak to anyone who stopped at the scene to give help and support to the injured but may have subsequently left the area to continue on their journeys.

A Garda spokesman said: “Gardai have appealed for any witnesses to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 932 7600 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.”

Separately, a fundraiser to cover the funeral costs for Vincent and Sully has been set up and has raised more than €10,000 in under a day.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by clicking here.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.