Tipperary communities in mourning with Oola families

Oola Tragedy

Tipperary communities in mourning with Oola families

Tuesday’s heartbreaking tragedy in which a father and son died and the boy’s mother was injured, is affecting communities in the nearby county border villages of Emly and Lattin.

Gardaí are investigating two incidents which occurred on Tuesday morning on the main Tipperary to Limerick road, just past Oola.

Marco Velocci and his three-year-old son Alex died in a collision with a truck at Brook’s Bridge in Co. Limerick, shortly after 8am. Velocci was from Oola but had been living in the West Tipp village of Lattin for the last two years.

Jodie Power, the little boy’s mother, was injured in a separate but connected incident just minutes before the fatal collision. Jodie, who lives in Oola with her two little boys, is in Limerick University Hospital where she is being treated for a broken arm and stab wounds. Members of the extended Power family live in the Donohill/ Emly areas. Her parents, Elizabeth and Perry, live in Oola, and she has two brothers - James and Perry Jnr.

The Velocci family also live in Oola, Marco’s father Onorio is well known in Limerick where he worked in chip shops in the city after he emigrated to Ireland from Italy.

Marco Velocci was a member of the E.L.C.O. Gunclub (Emly Lattin Cullen Oola) and in the wake of the tragedy friends paid tribute to someone they described as “kind-hearted” and “quiet.”