Monday 25 September 2017

'He was a real role model for our family' - Family fundraising to bring body of stag death Irish man home

Family and friends currently trying to raise funds to repatriate his body

Daryl Dargan (pictured with face paint at back of group) and his cousin Daniel Eremita (pictured with face paint in foreground)
Daryl Dargan (pictured with face paint at back of group) and his cousin Daniel Eremita (pictured with face paint in foreground)
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

The cousin of a man who died while on a stag trip in Portugal has described him as a “hard-working and fun-loving person”.

Daryl Dargan (30) was found dead by friends on Monday after they had been out celebrating in the party resort of Albufeira.

Family and friends are currently trying to raise funds to repatriate his body.

Speaking to Independent.ie, his cousin Daniel Eremita said he had fond memories of the many Ireland football games they went to together.

Mr Eremita said Daryl was a big Celtic and Manchester United fan who lived for the atmosphere at games.

“The photo with our faces painted was taken outside the Aviva Stadium when Ireland beat Gibraltar 7-0. Daryl sang from start to finish that day,” he said.

Daryl Dargan (30) was found dead by friends who were staying with him in an apartment in the popular resort of Albufeira in the south of the country.
Daryl Dargan (30) was found dead by friends who were staying with him in an apartment in the popular resort of Albufeira in the south of the country.

“He knew all the chants and was really good at getting the crowd going.”

An autopsy has been carried out in the Algarve city of Faro but the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Mr Dargan, who was from the Lakeglen area in Portlaoise, Co Laois was a barman by trade and was one of nine men who left on the stag trip last Friday.

His cousin said he was always the life and soul of the party, and he had a kind side too.

“He always had other people’s interests at heart and always gave a helping hand. He was a real role model for our family. Being the eldest, I and our other family members all looked up to him.

“It is a tragic loss for us all.”

Local Labour councillor Noel Tuohy said the community in Portlaoise is extremely saddened by the news.

"You just have to feel sorry for the family.

"They are decent people so it's not easy for them.

"The whole community feels for them at this very sad time. I just want to offer my condolences to them," he said.

Mr Dargan is survived by his two parents, his two brothers and sister.

A close friend, who did not want to be named, told Independent.ie he will be sadly missed.

"He was a person that everybody loved," she said.

"He had an infectious smile and he would do anything to help anybody at the drop of a hat.

"He's going to be truly missed by everybody from the estate in which he lived and by the people of Portlaoise.

"We all hope we can get him home to his family through the GoFundMe page that we have set up and that we can give him the send-off that he truly deserves."

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it is providing consular assistance to the family. 

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