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Saturday 30 August 2014

Heartbreak for family as dad who fell from balcony laid to rest

Conor Feehan

Published 11/01/2013 | 16:21

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Wife of Robert Delves Ciara and their daughter Sorcha

TRAGIC dad Robert Delves was laid to rest at an emotional ceremony today.

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The father-of-three fell to his death when a handrail on an apartment balcony in Tenerife gave way.

Mr Delves from Rush, Co Dublin had just celebrated his 42nd birthday two days before the holiday accident on January 2.

Naomh Maur GAA club held a guard of honour at the entrance to the St. Maur’s Church in Rush.

His wife Ciara and three young children Sorcha (12), Naoise (4) and Eoin (2) said a tearful goodbye.

Hundreds of friends, family and community members crowded into the church and many more gathered outside to watch the funeral which was relayed on a big screen on the back of a truck.

Parish priest Fr Kieran Coughlan concelebrated the funeral mass.

He suffered fatal head injuries in the incident, which police are treating as a tragic accident.

Mr Delves died at the scene, despite attempts by medical personnel to revive him.

Investigators believe that Mr Delves fell accidentally 32ft from a balcony when a railing separated from the brickwork.

The apartment is located on Calle Tenerife in the small resort town of El Medano, which is in the south of Tenerife.

He was a director of family printing business Masterphoto in Dublin 4.

One of his brothers, Colm, is group chief executive with telecoms company Digicel.

Businessman Denis O’Brien arrived early to pay his respects to the family at the funeral this morning.

Mr Delves was a keen sportsman and a respected coach at St Maurs GAA club in Rush.

He is also survived by his parents John and Rosemary.

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