Emotional rap tribute to 'Lil Red' as songs of tragic teen played at his funeral
Songs written by tragic teenager Sean Hughes were performed at his funeral yesterday.
The 15-year-old, from Finglas, Dublin, died last Friday after suffering from flu-like symptoms.
Friends of Sean turned out in their hundreds to pay their final respects to the talented writer and performer known locally as 'Lil Red'.
Sean's parents Karen and Joe, and his sister Zoe, led the mourners as his coffin was brought to St Canice's Church in Finglas.
The teenager became ill at home last Wednesday. His health deteriorated rapidly and he was brought to Temple Street Children's Hospital, but sadly he did not recover.
Parish priest Fr Richard Hyland paid tribute to the much-loved teenager, quoting the music fan's very own rap lyrics.
"For all who knew and loved Sean, we know how much rap meant to him. In listening to his songs the real personality of Sean shines through," he said.
"For example: 'Education and dedication, non-discrimination that is how we change a nation'. He loved his school and he loved his friends," said Fr Hyland, adding that family and friends meant most to Sean.
Symbols of Sean's life brought to the altar included copies of his songs, his runners, a bottle of aftershave, the flag from his Coláiste Eoin school and a book of memories compiled by his classmates.
Sean's classmates recorded their own powerful and emotionally charged rap song, with their own messages of love and respect, dedicated to 'Lil Red', which was played to mourners.
At the end of the Mass, Sean's sister Zoe paid an emotional tribute to her little brother.
"You've no idea how much you mean to me Sean. I've never been so proud of you 'Lil Red'. You were the best son, brother, cousin and friend. Every memory of you I will cherish forever," she said.