Thursday 19 April 2018

Community in shock after boy (13) dies by suicide

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Tributes have been paid to a promising rugby player who died by suicide.

The schoolboy (13) was discovered dead near his home in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare on Thursday evening after his mother went to collect his father from the nearby Shannon airport.

His death comes less than a week after a middle-aged woman in the same town died tragically.

The young boy's sister took to Facebook on Sunday morning to deny rumours that he had been bullied.

In a public post she wrote: "I have known him my whole life he was the happiest boy with so many friends, yes there was bullying years ago but not recently."

Emergency services were called to the home on the outskirts of the town on Thursday evening after the boy's parents discovered him. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

The youngster was in first year at a school in Shannon where he also played rugby.

Fianna Fáil councillor Cathal Crowe said he didn't know the young boy's family, but he was aware of the case.

"This death has stirred up shock in the locality. The entire south east Clare community is united in sympathy and support for them."

Local councillor John Crowe (FG) said: "My heart goes out to this young lad's family. This is such a disease and it's very hard for us to understand how to deal with it.

"Last week we had the tragic death of a woman who worked in the county council with us for years. The community is in shock."

And Independent councillor John Ryan said the community is heartbroken that something so devastating would happen in the town.

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