'Ciaran only saw goodness in people' - Family and friends pay tribute to man (30) who lost life after fire
Ciaran's parents pay tribute to their much-loved son and urge people to check their smoke alarms
Family and friends have paid tribute to a much-loved young man who lost his life following a fire in Greystones.
Ciaran Hogan (30), of Kindlestown Park, was staying at a friend's house in Kindlestown Park when the fire broke out in the early hours of Thursday, October 19.
Fire crews managed to get him out of the house and he was taken to hospital.
Sadly, he died two days later at St Vincent's Hospital, the Wicklow People reports.
"He was much loved and will be deeply missed by all his family and many friends," said Ciaran's parents, Jim and Anne.
"We are all devastated and heartbroken at this time. We ask all who knew him to be strong and remember him in your prayers.
"Ciaran was a friend to everyone. He only saw goodness in people no matter who they were."
Dozens of tributes have also been paid online to Ciaran.
"You were such a kind, funny, loving gent, you will be missed," wrote one friend, while another described him as "such a nice chap with a big heart."
Another person wrote; "Safe journey with the angels to your bro ciaran. Love thoughts and prayers with the Hogan family. RIP [sic]."
A friend wrote; "A true legend of the park gone but never forgotten RIP Ciaran. Another young life taken far too soon. Thoughts and prayers are with all the Hogan family at this sad time."
"Heaven has gained yet another angel," another wrote, "I heard a lot of great things about this young man."
Ciaran's father Jim urged people to check their smoke alarms, and hopefully prevent any other tragedies occurring over the winter.
Ciaran is survived by his parents, his sisters Leonie and Bronagh and his brothers Barry, Declan and Jamie.
His brother Michael tragically died in an accident involving a train 20 years ago, at the age of 22.
Michael and Ciaran were great friends and Ciaran idolised his older brother.
Just a few weeks ago, the family celebrated Leonie's wedding together and Ciaran enjoyed the occasion immensely.
"Greystones is in tears," said Jim, on the grief which enveloped the town last week.
Greystones Fire Service were called to the scene of the fire at Kindlestown Park at around 4.30 a.m. on October 19.
They arrived quickly and were informed that there was one person upstairs in the house. Ciaran had been sleeping and suffered smoke inhalation.
Fire crews found the house alight with flames coming from the ground floor front window.
Using breathing apparatus, they entered the house and fought the fire, then proceeded upstairs. Ciaran was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Gardaí confirmed that they carried out a forensic examination of the scene. They do not believe that there was any foul play involved.