Chef Kevin shocked as nieces and nephew killed in accident
CELEBRITY CHEF Kevin Dundon, (who owns the Dunbrody Country House Hotel in Arthurstown), has been too upset to talk publicly about the tragic death of two of his young nieces and a nephew in a horrific car crash in Denmark.
The O'Shea family, (who lived in Australia), were on holidays in Denmark when the accident occurred on Tuesday. Little Soren (11), Saoirse (9) and Conor (3) tragically lost their lives in the crash. They were on holiday, visiting their Danish grandfather, with their father Brian - brother of Mr Dundon's wife Catherine - their mother Maria (who is Danish), and baby brother.
Their mother, a doctor, was rushed to hospital following the accident, along with the youngest child.
Mr O'Shea was not in the car at the time.
The crash occurred near the town of Sindal in northern Jutland on Tuesday morning. Their car, a Citroen Berlingo, had been in the process of taking a left hand turn when it collided with an oncoming vehicle just before 10 am. The 39-year-old male driver of the other car was unhurt but badly shaken. The cars were badly damaged in the accident and the victims had to be cut from the wreckage.
Danish police have said that according to witness accounts and to an interview with the children's mother, the driver of the oncoming car could do nothing to avoid the impact. Danish police are continuing to investigate the crash.
'The mother was very shocked, but was not unconscious,' a police spokesperson said.
'The other person in the other car was also shocked, but not hurt. We feel for the family that this has affected and the police officers who were present on the scene," the spokesperson said. 'We see many things but situations like these involving children are some of the worst.'
On Friday the heartbroken parents of the three children killed in the car crash said they were 'our joy and our life' and will 'forever be missed'.
'We could not be more proud and honoured to have had the time that we have had with them and we are devastated with this loss,' they said.
The family thanked people 'from all around the world' for their thoughts and prayers.
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar expressed his condolences to Mr Dundon (a board member of Failte Ireland) on the tragic loss of life in Denmark.
'I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Soren, Saoirse and Conor who are nephews and a niece of Kevin and Catherine Dundon. I want to express my deepest condolences to Mr O'Shea and his wife Maria, as well as Kevin and Catherine on their loss. Kevin is a valued member of the board of Fáilte Ireland and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time,' Minister Varadkar said.
When contacted by this newspaper a Dunbrody Country House Hotel spokesperson said Mr Dundon didn't want to talk about the tragedy at this time.