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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Irish teacher (23) who died in 90-foot balcony fall is laid to rest

Dubliner Charlie Henry remembered as a gifted person with a love of humour and music

Conor Feehan

Published 02/07/2014 | 17:30

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The remains of Charlie Henry from Sandycove, Dublin after his funeral mass at the Church of the assumption Dalkey.
Pic:Mark Condren
2.6.2014
The funeral of Charlie Henry from Sandycove, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

A DUBLIN language teacher who fell to his death from an apartment balcony in Italy has been remembered as a unique and extraordinary man.

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Charlie Henry (23), from Sandycove, fell 90ft from his home in Naples on Sunday June 22.

He died later in hospital from the catastrophic injuries he suffered in the fall to the narrow street.

Charlie’s heartbroken parents Richard and Harriet, his brother Ronan and sister Camilla were comforted by his large circle of family and friends at his funeral in the Church of the Assumption in Dalkey yesterday.

“The death of a young person in the prime of life is overwhelming in its effects and can make us question our faith,”  Fr Tom Nash from Blackrock College told mourners.

“The sudden and tragic death of Charlie has stunned and shocked all of us and left a deep void in the life of his family,” he added.

He said Charlie was a gifted person with a love of humour and music, who also had a deep faith - attending mass every Sunday.

Fr Nash said Charlie was a man who liked meeting people in person, and was a not a fan of social media, choosing not to have a Facebook or Twitter account.

“He was very close to his granny too,” he added, referring to Charlie’s grandmother Angela.

During the Prayers of the Faithful it was remembered that Charlie had a love of sailing, and a prayer was said for all those in the RNLI.

After the mass, Charlie’s remains were brought to Killoughter Cemetery in Co Wicklow for burial.

While Mr Henry’s death is not being treated as suspicious it is being investigated by police and officials in the Naples region.

Charlie lived on the fourth floor of the apartment in the Montecalvario district.

It is an area popular with students and young people and is near the city’s universities, bars and restaurants.

He was working as an English teacher at a private school in the Vomero district .

There were no witnesses to the incident but early indications were that Charlie had fell onto the balcony and may have tried to hold on before falling off.

Charlie previously worked with the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire each summer.

“He was a great guy, we are all gutted,” a member of the club told The Herald.

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