Wednesday 22 November 2017

Kodaline donate guitar for memorial event for teen who died after collapsing at one of their gigs

Ciara Lawlor was
Ciara Lawlor was "full of life and loved music" - she passed away after falling ill at Kodaline's Marlay Park concert Newsdesk Newsdesk

Chart-topping Irish band Kodaline have donated a signed guitar for an event this weekend in memory of teenager, Ciara Lawlor, who died after collapsing at one of their gigs last year.

Family and friends of Ciara (17) are hoping to raise money for a number of charities, including FirstLight, a support service for families bereaved by the sudden death of a child, from a memorial walk tomorrow afternoon in Castle Park, Kilkenny.  A golf classic also took place on Friday.

Among the many young people expected to take part in the walk will be classmates of Ciara’s from Loreto Secondary School in Kilkenny who are due to begin their Leaving Cert exams the week after next.  Ciara was due to sit her exams this year.

The music-loving teenager had been active in her local athletics club in Kilkenny city despite a pre-existing medical condition. She was attending the outdoor Kodaline concert in Marlay Park, Dublin on 9 July last year when she suddenly became ill.

Her grieving parents, John and Eimear, described their only daughter as a “beautiful, vivacious girl” who was “a friend to everyone”. Ciara is also survived by her two brothers, Jack and Barry.

Members of the band attended and sang at Ciara’s funeral.

Ciara Lawlor from Kilkenny fell ill at Marlay Park concert
Ciara Lawlor from Kilkenny fell ill at Marlay Park concert

When they heard about the memorial walk this weekend, they donated a signed guitar which is to be raffled. Tickets for the raffle and registration for the walk at 4pm today (Saturday) are available through local outlets and the Ciara Lawlor Memorial Facebook page.

Funds raised will go to FirstLight, suicide-prevention service Teac (Teac) Tom and the Heart Appeal at the Mater Foundation.

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