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Thursday 21 September 2017

‘He had his whole life ahead of him’ – Popular rugby player (17) dies suddenly in his bed

Ogie Barrett died suddenly at his home in Limerick on New Year's Day
Ogie Barrett died suddenly at his home in Limerick on New Year's Day
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A “tight-knit” community in Co Limerick was left “in shock and disbelief” as a well-known teenager passed away suddenly on New Year’s Day.

Ogie Barrett (17) from Church Road, Raheen, Co Limerick was found dead in his bed by his grieving mother Ita on January 1.

Local Cllr Joe Leddin (LAB) said the community has been left “devastated”.

“He was a young boy who had his whole life ahead of him and to be found dead by his mother is shocking and very tragic.

“It’s a very sad time for the community. Ogie played rugby at the Old Crescent Rugby Football club with my son and he went to the local school, so he was well-known and liked.”

Cllr Leddin said it is believed Ogie passed away from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Ogie,  who was a fifth-year student at Crescent College Comprehensive School, will be laid to rest after Requiem Mass in Raheen Church at 12 noon today.

Cllr Leddin said that Ogie’s classmates were on a trip to Italy when they heard the tragic news that he had passed away.

“Ogie was part of a tight-knit community where families and friends are very close. There’s a sense of shock and disbelief and ultimately sadness in the community.”

It is the second tragedy to hit the family after Ogie’s father Ray passed away three years ago.

“His dad also died a few years ago from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome," said Cllr Leddin. "The family are left in bereavement again.”

Ogie is survived by mum Ita, brothers Joe and Paul, aunts Nora, Jacinta, Kay and Jill; Paul's fiancee Aoife and Joe's girlfriend Kayleigh, cousins and friends.

His death comes just days after the death of another underage rugby player.

Ben Murray (13), from Mullingar, died suddenly over the Christmas break.

Tributes were paid to him by both Mullingar Rugby Football Club and Leinster Rugby.

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