FRIENDS of a young chef who died in an accident while out walking his dog returned to the beauty spot where he passed away, moments after carrying him shoulder high from his memorial service.
Hundreds attended the funeral of Jake O'Neill (22) from Shanakiel in Dunmore East who died at Lady's Cove in the town.
The popular young man was out walking his dog when he apparently slipped on wet rocks and banged his head.
His dog, a sand-coloured Labrador named Hippy, tried to raise the alarm by barking and stayed by his side until help came. He was discovered by two passersby at about 5pm and, despite the efforts of emergency services, he was pronounced dead at 6.45pm in Waterford Regional Hospital on Sunday.
His parents Mark and Sarah, along with brother Ivan, were comforted by hundreds of his friends at St Andrew's church in the seaside town yesterday at 12pm.
Dr John Parkin, a Methodist minister, told heartbroken mourners: "If we did not care, there would be no sadness.
"And so overwhelmingly sad it is to see someone cut down so young . . . all that is left are memories and love."
Mr O'Neill, a chef at The Reg pub, reposed at the family home in Shanakiel on Tuesday night.
Some of the congregation went to Lady's Cove after the funeral service to remember their friend.