HUNDREDS of mourners turned out in the bitter cold for the funeral of a 15-year-old boy, as his heartbroken family appealed to young people to live life to the full.
Daragh Sherry, from the small town of Rathangan, Co Kildare, took his own life on Sunday.
He was buried yesterday after a non-religious service in the local community centre, where his parents David and Linda and friends and family members remembered the young Gaelic footballer, sang songs and read poems.
It's understood that the family moved to Rathangan from Dublin about eight years ago.
His devastated father David told the mourners that he didn't want the funeral to be a "ceremony", but rather a celebration of Daragh's life.
He said they "absolutely loved Daragh to bits".
The teenager's uncle Greg urged the young people present to talk to parents and teachers if they had any troubles.
He reminded Daragh's classmates and friends that they had wonderful lives ahead of them and plenty of opportunities in the future.
Daragh is the second teenager from the local secondary school, Ardscoil Rath Iomghain, to die this year – his classmate Jordan Broughan (14) passed away in July.
A spokesperson for the local Shooters youth club – where Daragh was a member – told the 'Leinster Leader': "Rathangan is under a dark cloud for the past while. It's very hard to lose a young person in tragic circumstances but to lose two in such a short time is unbelievably hard.
"To see young people handle their own grief, while looking out for their friends with such care and affection for their young years, makes us so proud.
"Rest in peace to our friends who are sorely missed."
Meanwhile, tributes poured in to a Facebook page set up in Daragh's memory.
One girl wrote: "Darragh (sic) you were my best friend and always will be I love you so much bud and miss you so, so much." Another poster said: "RIP Bro. You're amazing, everyone loved you, you were always there for me and anyone that needed help."