Friday 28 November 2014

'I wish I had more time with him' - tragic Daniel's sister tells mourners

Published 17/07/2014 | 12:57

THE heartbroken sister of tragic Daniel Marshall told mourners at his funeral that she wished she had more time with him.

The 25-year-old-son of famous stylist David and socialite Jackie Rafter died of a suspected drug overdose, over the weekend.

17 July 2014; Dickie Rock arriving at the funeral of Daniel Marshall.  Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Dickie Rock arriving at the funeral of Daniel Marshall. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

A number of high-profile names in Irish social circles were among the mourners at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, in Blackrock this morning.

They included snooker player Ken Doherty, singer Dickie Rock, radio DJ Dave Fanning and former Black Tie owner Niall O’Farrell.

17 July 2014;  General view of the coffin of Daniel Marshall being carried into the church.  Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of the coffin of Daniel Marshall being carried into the church. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

The congregation were told that Daniel had never given up fighting his addiction.

“Nobody deserves to die that way,” the parish priest said adding that the young man had his whole life ahead of him.

17 July 2014;  David Marshall and family arriving at the funeral of his son Daniel Marshall.  Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
David Marshall and family arriving at the funeral of his son Daniel Marshall. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

He was a “funny guy, hilarious to be around,” according to his friends.

Daniel was also part of the St Michael’s College rugby team that won the Leinster Senior Cup for the first time in years.

17 July 2014;  Michael Colgan arriving at funeral of Daniel Marshall.  Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Michael Colgan arriving at funeral of Daniel Marshall. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Daniel is mourned his step-sister Laura, step-brother r David, his girlfriend Kate, grandparents, uncles, aunts, his cherished and beloved cousins and many friends.

His sister told those gathered that she regretted that she didn’t have more time with him.

17 July 2014;  Dave Fanning at funeral of Daniel Marshall.  Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Dave Fanning at funeral of Daniel Marshall. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

“I told him he do whatever he set his mind to,” she said.

Daniel had been fighting a lengthy battle with drug addiction issues in the past and was last year charged with selling heroin. He had been previously warned by a judge that he wouldn’t live to see 50 unless he “got his act together”.

17 July 2014; Robbie Fox (shades) with Michael Colgan, right, arriving at funeral of Daniel Marshall.  Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Robbie Fox (shades) with Michael Colgan, right, arriving at funeral of Daniel Marshall. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

His mum Jackie is a former model and socialite who pre¬viously worked in the Wright Venue and set up children’s charity the Bubblegum Club.

His dad is one of the country’s top hair stylists.

17 July 2014;  David Marshall and family arriving at the funeral of his son Daniel Marshall.  Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
David Marshall and family arriving at the funeral of his son Daniel Marshall. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Daniel had spent years battling personal issues and had speech and language difficulties as well as Attention Deficit Dis¬order from a young age.

He did courses in car mechanics, sports management, worked in a bookmakers and also worked in his father’s salon in Dublin.

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