THE FATHER of teenager Cormac Clare, whos body was found in a wood in Rathcoole after a massive search, thanked everyone for their support and help in searching for his son when he was missing.
Seamus Clare, who is originally from Hacketstown, thanked the community in front of a massive crowd that packed the small church of St Laurence O'Toole in Kilteel on Saturday afternoon for the funeral of the 18-year-old.
Cormac went missing in the early hours of Monday, October 22, sparking an intensive search both in the locality and nationwide. His body was found nine days later near Rathcoole later by Gardai, last Tuesday, October 30.
The Clare family is originally from Bortle, just outside of Hacketstown, where Cormac's grandfather Richard still resides.
The student's cycling helmet, to symbolise his love of the sport, and a book, to represent his fondness for reading, were brought to the altar as gifts during the service.
The congregation, some of whom listened via speakers set up in the parish hall, heard that Cormac was a very caring person who ' knew how much he was loved'.