THE family of tragic DCU student Patrick Halpin will return to London next week in the hope of bringing the body of their son and brother home.
Family and friends of Patrick gathered at the family home over the weekend, paying their respects to his heartbroken parents Paddy and Elsie and sister Regina.
Paddy and Regina returned from London on Friday night to be with Elsie at their home in Kilnadeema, Co Galway.
They did not get to see Patrick's remains before making their lonely trip home.
"They haven't had a chance to see him, which is really devastating. The post-mortem is due to take place next Tuesday or Wednesday and they will go back then.
"We hope they will be able to bring Patrick home then, but we really don't know yet. We'll just have to take it from there," said family friend Mairin Hayes, who helped organise the search for Patrick in London.
She said the Irish Embassy had been in touch with the family, promising to help move the process on as quickly as possible.
"His family just want to get him home as soon as they can. A few people high up in the Irish Embassy have got in touch and they are trying to get it done as soon as possible, which the family are really grateful for," she told the Sunday Independent.
There was a minute's silence in memory of Patrick in Croke Park yesterday as his beloved club took part in an All-Ireland showdown.
His tragic passing was particularly hard on two members of the Kilnadeema-Leitrim squad, Brian Molloy and Daragh O'Donoghue, who played with him as children.
"It's a very difficult day for all the lads. They are so cut up about his death, especially the guys that have played with him since their under-10 days," said Des Roache, who managed Patrick in the minor side.
By Caroline Crawford and Shane Hickey in London