Saturday 19 April 2014

Tragic assault victim “gave gift of life to others”

Hundreds attended funeral of Dale Creighton today who died in early hours of New Year's Day

The coffin of Dale Creighton (inset) is carried from St. Aidan's Church, Brookfield.

THE family of a young man who died following an assault in the early hours of New Year’s Day donated his organs to “give others a chance of life”.

A guard of honour formed outside St Aidan’s Church in Tallaght earlier today as the white coffin of Dale Creighton (20) was carried into the church for his funeral earlier today.

Scores of devastated lifelong friends stood silently and respectfully as the coffin, followed by Dale’s grief-stricken family, filed past them.

The mourners were led by Dale’s parents Rhoda and Darren, his sister Danielle, and girlfriend Rebecca.

Inside the church, the hushed congregation heard Dale described as “true gentleman”.

Parish priest Fr Jimmy McPartland told the congregation Dale’s life ended “after he was the victim of violence.”

“He is gone from us at an age we did not expect.

“His life was full of promise and hope. He was a teenager who lived life and enjoyed life to the full,” he said.

He acknowledged the devastation felt at Dale’s death, commenting that he was a young man with so much life ahead of him.

“There is nothing anyone can say to try and make sense of his death.

“No one can take away the family’s grief or pain or bring Dale back.”

Friends carried a procession of symbols of his life to the alter – a tanning machine voucher, his laptop and phone, along with a hat which symbolised his “love of fashion as he always wore the latest gear.”

A poignant letter, read on behalf of the family, also paid heartfelt tribute to his all-too-short life.

It said: “Dale’s memory will not only live on with his family and friends.

“Because he was a beautiful, kind and generous young gentleman, a number of people have the chance of life, as Dale’s wishes were to donate his organs.”

Poignantly, East 17’s song Stay Another Day played as people filed out of the church.

His coffin was carried from the church to a waiting car, and conveyed to Newlands Cross crematorium.

Dale suffered catastrophic injuries following an incident on a footbridge at St Dominic's Road, Tallaght in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Dale was subsequently rushed to hospital and placed on life support.

He never regained consciousness and died the next day.

A total of eight people have appeared before Dublin District Court in connection to the fatal assault.

Seven are charged with violent disorder and one faces a weapons charge.


Mark O’Regan

Irish Independent

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