Thursday 23 October 2014

Family say farewell to drowning victim Shane (16)

Published 19/04/2014 | 15:12

Shane Boggans
Shane Boggans

School friends of tragic teenager Shane Boggans, who lost his life while swimming in a reservoir, formed a guard of honour as his family members carried his coffin into Newlands Cross crematorium today.

Shane (16) died on Tuesday, after jumping 25ft from a bridge into Bohernabreena reservoir, in Tallaght.

He swam for a short period before he began to struggle. Emergency services were called and his body was later taken from the reservoir.

Shane's remains reposed in his family home last night ahead of today's removal to the crematorium.

At the service two packets of skittles and the book he was reading, Game of Thrones, were left on his coffin.

Fr Jimmy McPartland, who performed the service, said "Shane loved adventure and he loved skittles and there's nothing wrong with skittles."

His words were met with laughter from Shane's family and school friends.

Shane's friends carried red roses as they supported and hugged each other walking into the crematorium.

The funeral notice said Shane was "sadly missed by his mam, step-dad, brothers Peter and Aidan, nanny, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, relatives and his large circle of friends."

A Facebook page has been set up in his memory. It had attracted more than 100 members in the less than 24 hours.

Shane was in sixth year studying for his Leaving Cert at St Aiden's Community College.

Speaking after the incident, eyewitness Dean Herbert (20), from Killinarden, said that the group were in high spirits.

"He started to get into difficulty and he called out for help. But they thought that he was joking," Mr Herbert said.

"After he went down they threw in the red life ring, but it was too late."

Gardai have said that they are treating the incident as a tragic accident.

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