Tuesday 6 December 2016

'I wanted to grow old with him' -Brother of stabbing victim Leo (25) as he's laid to rest

Alan Sherry

Published 15/10/2016 | 17:04

The funeral of Leo Carolan in the Victorian Chapel, Mount Jerome, Harold’s. Photo: David Conachy.
The funeral of Leo Carolan in the Victorian Chapel, Mount Jerome, Harold’s. Photo: David Conachy.

Stabbing victim Leo Carolan was described as a “beautiful man who left us too soon” at his funeral today.

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The Victorian Chapel at Mount Jerome cemetery was packed to capacity as people came together in a non-religious ceremony to pay tribute to the talented 25-year-old who was stabbed to death at his house on the South Circular Road in Dublin earlier this month.

Despite the fact mourners were told Leo would have wanted the day to be a celebration of his life, for many it was impossible to hold back tears.

Leo’s brother Alex told how the popular DJ was born in Ireland and went to school in Straffan, Co. Kildare, before moving to France when he was 11. He lived in various parts of France before returning to Ireland a few years ago.

Leo Carolan was a budding DJ
Leo Carolan was a budding DJ

 “I never got to see Leo much these last few years being in different countries but we’d always talk on the phone. Even when we’d fight we’d talk like we never fought. Even after he’d punch or head-butt me we’d talk the next day.

“He’d always be there to call if you were his friend or his family. I can’t really think of much to say. It’s good to see he had so many friends and family.

"He was loved by everyone and will always be loved by everyone. It’s just unfortunate we didn’t get to grow old together but that’s life.”

His friend Emily said she learned from speaking to Leo’s friends and family this week that there were so many layers to him and he was loved by all who knew him.

Pals Tara and Tasha read several tribute posts friends of Leo from around the world posted on Facebook in the days after his death.

He is survived by his parents Brendan and Catherine and siblings Alex and Eva.

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