THE mother of a 15-year-old girl whose body was recovered from the Shannon earlier this month has urged teenagers to avoid alcohol and seek help if they are feeling down.
Shirley Kinsella was at an event to honour seven groups involved in the search for her daughter, Chloe (inset), whose body was found six days after she went missing from her home in Kileely, Limerick.
Limerick gardai, Civil Defence, Abbeyfeale District Search and Rescue, the Irish Coast Guard, Bunratty and Mallow Search and Rescue teams and Limerick Marine Search and Rescue received plaques of gratitude at a ceremony in St Munchin's Community Centre in Limerick.
It was from there that hundreds of volunteers set out daily to take part in the search for the missing teenager.
Mrs Kinsella said yesterday that she is still struggling to come to terms with her loss.
"I'm not coping. I'm just trying to keep things together," she said. "It's very hard."
She praised those involved in the search for her daughter, and spoke of the dangers of alcohol for young people.
"If one of those friends that was with Chloe came and had a look at the devastation I'm going through, they wouldn't think about touching drink again," she said.
"Young people should live life to the full. They don't need drink. They think drink helps, but it doesn't. You have to get up and face everything in the morning, and alcohol doesn't help."