Seat unveiled in memory of teen Shane

Published 30/08/2014 | 00:00

Some of the attendance at the unveiling of the seat in memory of the late Shane Cotton in New Ross Town Park

A LARGE crowd attended the unveiling of a memorial seat in memory of tragic New Ross teenager Shane Cotton at the town park on Saturday.

Located beside the football playing court where Shane enjoyed many games of football, the bench is inscribed with the words: 'In memory of Shane. Keep smiling kitten),' after his nickname.

Shane's godmother, Karen Purcell cut a ribbon at the bench.

Shane died aged 16 in May having taken green lantern ecstasy tablets while on a night out in Waterford and his friends wanted to do something to remind everyone of the fun loving young man he was.

Organised by his friends, Lauren and Hayley Murray, and Paul Kelly, with the help of Cllr Michael Sheehan, there was also a family fun day at O'Keefe's pub, Ballyanne.

Lauren Murray said: 'There were two DJs playing music which Shane would have loved. There was food, a bouncy castle, face painting and we had rappers and a drag queen night. It was a great success. With the bench we wanted a place where everyone can go and have a chat and feel like Shane is there with them as he loved playing soccer there.'

New Ross Standard

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