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06th Feb 2024

Dad of Carlow crash victim Daryl Culbert says they had an ‘unbreakable bond’

Joseph Loftus

“Daryl was not only my son, but he was my best friend as well.”

Hundreds of mourners who gathered for the funeral of Daryl Culbert were told of a young man who was a “quiet spoken chap, with a cheeky grin, and a loveable glint in his eye.”

Daryl Culbert was one of the three young people who died in a road traffic collision in Carlow last week, reports the Sunday World.

The community of Kiltegan in County Wicklow, where Culbert was from, rallied around the family as he was laid to rest yesterday.

Culbert’s father, Trevor, delivered the eulogy in which he spoke of his son as his best friend.

Dad of Carlow crash victim Daryl Culbert says they had an ‘unbreakable bond’.

He said: “Daryl was one of a kind. Such a gentle, placid, solid chap.

“He was idolised by his nanny Joan and his grandad Albert. He loved his sisters Chloe and Amy and he was always there for them and they looked up to him.

“Daryl was not only my son, but he was my best friend as well. We did absolutely everything together.

“He loved and adored his mum, Heather. Daryl, we will love you forever and we will never forget you.”

Mr Culbert also spoke of his son’s love for cars and of how he was training to become a mechanic.

He said: “Daryl’s passion in life was cars. He was a trainee mechanic which he started in my garage from an early age.

“He recently started phase two of his apprenticeship in Finglas training centre. Daryl’s knowledge as a first year trainee was second to none. His knowledge and interest was all down to his love of cars.

“This was a passion we both shared, and we developed an unbreakable bond. We would spend endless hours in the workshop preparing his car.”

Mr Culbert offered his condolences to the families of Ms Graham and Mr Kelly, saying: “This is a very difficult time, for not just our family, but for the families of Katie, Michael and Nathan. They are all in our thoughts and prayers.”

He also thanked the emergency services and the gardai for their help as well as many members of the clergy, neighbours, and friends, who had supported himself and the family following the crash.

Images via Rolling News

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