Monday 27 May 2019

Community rocked as boy (13) dies week after accident on quad bike

'Terrible tragedy': 13-year-old Ryan Nagle died in Temple Street Children's Hospital, Dublin. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin
'Terrible tragedy': 13-year-old Ryan Nagle died in Temple Street Children's Hospital, Dublin. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

Sinead Kelleher

A community has rallied around the grief-stricken family of 13-year-old Ryan Nagle following his tragic death after a quad-bike accident.

His death has rocked the close-knit community of Castlemaine, Co Kerry, where Ryan and his family are well-known and liked.

The schoolboy was involved in the accident at Bally­gamboon in Castlemaine on April 16.

He was being treated in Temple Street Children's Hospital but died on Tuesday.

Ryan was the son of Brian and Irene Nagle, from the local area.

Tributes have been pouring in for the teenager, who was described as a wonderful young boy who had touched many hearts in the local community.

Friends and family described the youngster as a character who had achieved a huge amount in his tragically short life.

Principal of Killorglin Community College Donal O'Reilly led tributes to the first-year student.

Ryan was formerly a pupil of Firies National School and had almost completed his first year at Killorglin Community College.

"This is a terrible tragedy for his family, our school and our community.

Saddened

"We are deeply saddened at these events, and our thoughts and sympathies are with the Nagle family and friends at this time," principal Mr O'Reilly said.

Ryan had been in the community's thoughts and prayers over the past week as he battled for his life in the Dublin hospital following the accident more than a week ago.

The devastating news he had died filtered through on Tuesday morning.

He was one of four children. His older brother Jack and sister Chloe also attend Killorglin Community College.

He has a younger brother, Gearóid.

The school moved to implement its critical-incident management plan, involving psychologists from the National Educational Psychologists Service (NEPS), South West Counselling, and Killorglin Neighbour Youth Project, who are on hand to help the students face the terrible tragedy.

Mr O'Reilly said the people of Castlemaine had rallied around the Nagle family and school at this most distressing time for everyone who had known Ryan.

Ryan's funeral takes place tomorrow in Kiltillagh Church at noon.

Family flowers only are requested and donations can be made if desired to the ICU at Temple Street Hospital in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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