Tuesday 17 July 2018

It was a privilege to have known amazing teenager Michael, Bannon says in tribute

Dermot Bannon with Michael Stokes: ‘He was an amazing teenager,’ the architect said
Dermot Bannon with Michael Stokes: ‘He was an amazing teenager,’ the architect said
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Architect Dermot Bannon has paid tribute to an "amazing" teenager who stole the heart of the nation with his appearance on 'Room To Improve' and who sadly died at the weekend following an accident.

Michael Stokes (15) was the star of the show in 2016, when Bannon redesigned the Malahide home of his foster parents, Ann Higgins and Barry McCabe, in order to make it more wheelchair-friendly.

Michael passed away peacefully on Saturday. His death notice said he died "in the wonderful care of the staff of Temple Street Children's Hospital".

Bannon shared a photo of Michael on his Instagram account yesterday, following the sad news of the teenager's death. He wrote: "What a privilege to have known this amazing young man."

During the episode of the hit TV show, Michael famously told Dermot to "go back to the drawing board" with his plans.

Michael - a wheelchair user - regularly visited his foster parents for respite breaks from residential accommodation, and his incredible positive attitude struck a chord with viewers.

His funeral Mass will be held at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Seabury, Malahide, at 10am today.

Irish Independent

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