THE COMMUNITY of Carlow was shocked and heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing of 18-year-old Lee McNamara who died on Friday under tragic circumstances.
Lee, who was a popular and outgoing young man, has left behind his devastated and loving parents Jennifer and Tony along with his brother and sister Anthony and Lindsey. His unexpected passing has caused an outpouring of grief among friends who wrote tributes on his Facebook page about their shock and sadness.
'Keep expecting to see you in town with a smile on your face, happy as always man, would love to be able to have one more can and a laugh with you,' wrote one friend.
'You lit up a room man whenever you walked in because you were always so happy and nobody will ever forget you for as long as they live, you will be in everyone's hearts forever.'
Another friend commented on the song choice at his funeral, Phil Collins's ' True Colours', adding that his family had picked a great song to describe him. Lee is fondly remembered for his uplifting smile and a cheery personality. He loved nothing more than being with family and friends and a large crowd attended his funeral service in Carlow and Dublin to pay their respects.
His family is originally from Dublin and they relocated to Carlow a number of years ago. Lee resided with his mother in John Sweeney Park before they settled more recently at JKL.
He attended Presentation College, Askea, and had been taking part in a FÁS run course with Carlow Youth Training learning a number of skills including metal and woodwork.
He reposed at his home in JKL on Sunday with removal to the Cathedral of the Assumption. Requiem Mass took place on Monday morning followed by burial to Glasnevin Cemetery.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew him but in particular by his loving mother, father, brother, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephew Josh, Tony's partner Marie and her children Carrie and Glenn, girlfriend Hazel, extended family and friends.