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Thursday 17 April 2014

School offers support after teenager's death

A KILLARNEY secondary school has offered counselling services and support to its students following the sudden death of a senior student who attended the school.

16-year-old St Brendan's College student Daniel Healy (Jnr) of Rockfield, Tralee Road, Killarney, died on Thursday. He had been been due to sit his Leaving Cert at the end of the school year.

Described by friends as sporty and outgoing, he was a keen footballer who also enjoyed the gym.

St Brendan's College Principal Sean Coffey said that appropriate support measures were in place following news of the tragedy.

"This is a terrible event for Daniel's family and friends and also for our school and community. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with Daniel's family at this time," a statement from the school read.

The Core Care Team at the college in tandem with the National Educational Psychological Services and South West Counselling has been made available to advise and assist students and staff.

Letters have also been sent to senior students to offer advice and guidance.

Requiem Mass was in Killarney Cathedral on Saturday morning with burial afterwards in Old Kilcummin Cemetery. St Brendan's College also held a prayer service for all Transition, 5th and 6th years and class based services were led by teachers in the Junior Classes.

The deceased is survived by parents Dan and Imelda and sister Mary.

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