KEVIN Kershaw spent most of his life in Dublin but when he came to Cork he developed a love of the local sport.
Last night, members of the South West Bowling Region formed a guard of honour at the removal of the youngest victim of the 'Tit Bonhomme' tragedy.
Gretta Cormican, of the bowling club, said Kevin (21) had grown to love the local sport of road bowling since he was introduced to the club by his uncle John O'Driscoll after he moved to Clonakilty six years ago.
"Whether he was winning or losing, Kevin always had a smile on his face."
There were heart-breaking scenes last night as Kevin's family prepared to say their final goodbyes, five days after his body was recovered from the sea.
People had gathered since early afternoon outside O'Sullivan's funeral home on the Western Road.
Inside, strains of Phil Coulter's 'Home from the Sea' served as a reminder that the young man had lost his life while taking part in his first fishing trip.
Mourners offered their condolences to Kevin's parents, Paddy and Margaret, his sisters Angie and Abigail, brothers Trevor, Kieran and Padraig and his aunt Ann O'Driscoll.
The remains were brought to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, where they were received by Monsignor Leonard O'Brien and Fr Eddie Collins.
Kevin's funeral Mass will be celebrated today.