Tuesday 27 September 2016

Priest makes heartfelt plea after drugs death of teen

Published 28/01/2016 | 02:30

Canon John Fitzgerald issued the appeal as a shocked Cork community paid tribute to Alex Ryan (18), who died having lost a five-day battle for life after he consumed a deadly designer party drug nicknamed 'N Bomb'. Bloomberg
Canon John Fitzgerald issued the appeal as a shocked Cork community paid tribute to Alex Ryan (18), who died having lost a five-day battle for life after he consumed a deadly designer party drug nicknamed 'N Bomb'. Bloomberg

A priest issued a heartfelt appeal for youngsters to have the strength to say 'no' to drugs.

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Canon John Fitzgerald issued the appeal as a shocked Cork community paid tribute to Alex Ryan (18), who died having lost a five-day battle for life after he consumed a deadly designer party drug nicknamed 'N Bomb'.

Mr Ryan, from Old Coach Road, Millstreet, Co Cork, died last weekend having been on a life-support machine since Tuesday.

He was buried in Millstreet yesterday.

Parish Priest Canon Fitzgerald urged youngsters to have the strength and courage to refuse drugs.

"You were asked to have a chat with your parents at your Confirmation and to abstain from drink until you were a certain age.

"The second half of the pledge was that you abstain from drugs for life.

"I put that before you again - that you have the strength of character to say 'no'.

"So that you can reach your full potential, achieve your targets."

Irish Independent

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