TRIBUTES have been pouring in for the baby boy who tragically lost his life on Friday after a car crash in Co. Limerick.
Baby Dion Ryan suffered severe injuries and his mum Danielle has been left in a critical condition after they collided with another car at the Four Cross Roads in Knocknacarrga, Cappamore, at 2pm on Friday.
Once gardai and ambulance crews arrived on the scene, the infant was swiftly airlifted to University Hospital Limerick but sadly doctors could not save his life.
His mother Danielle, 25, who also has a daughter, is being treated for severe head injuries and remains in a critical condition as of Sunday evening.
The driver of the other vehicle, believed to be a woman in her 20s, was taken to hospital as well, but just as a precaution.
Friends, family and indeed the local community have taken to social media to express their shock and dismay at the situation.
A friend of the Danielle and Dion's family wrote online: "RIP baby Dion. Heartbreaking. Danielle, hope you pull through this. Thinking of all the Ryan family at this time."
Another friend who spoke to the Limerick Leader described Dion as "a little angel in heaven".
Fianna Fail councillor Martin Ryan, based out of Cappamore, said the local community are in "total shock".
"It has struck the heart of everyone here. You have a little baby losing their life,it’s very tragic," he said.
"I didn't know them. We are saying prayers for everyone involved and their families. There has been accidents there but it is just a standard four cross junction and people need to take care."
Parish priest Fr Joseph Tynan added: "It’s a terrible tragedy for any family to lose a little baby.
"Our prayers are with his mother who we understand has been quite badly hurt also."