Wednesday 21 March 2018

'Just devastating' - poignant farewell to tragic teenage GAA player who was found dead in bed by his mum

The funeral has taken place of a 16-year-old boy from Co Tyrone who was found dead when his mother tried to wake him for school.

Daryl Comac from Dungannon was studying for his GCSEs at St Patrick's Academy. He was also well known in the area as a talented GAA footballer for his local team St Mary's, Killyman.

The funeral service was held in St Patrick's Church in Dungannon with the burial at Carland Road Cemetery.

It's understood that the teenager was found by his mother last Thursday morning.

Police have said they aren't treating his death as suspicious.

A spokesman for St Mary's GAA club said that the whole community had been left completely shocked by the death.

He described Daryl as a "young lad who had a love for life and for Gaelic games" and was also a promising hurler for the Dungannon Eoghan Ruadh club.

A Dungannon councillor whose son had played football with Daryl had said she was "devastated" to hear the news of his death.

SDLP representative Denise Mullen said: "My heart goes out to his family - particularly so close to Christmas - and I would like to extend my sympathies to them.

"The young lad played under-16 football with my son in Killyman and there was a great unity among all the lads. It is just devastating."

A well-wisher posed on Facebook: "Today heaven gained an angel. Taken from the world far too young. [His] group [of GAA team-mates] has lost a best friend and team-mate.

"Daryl you were a great lad and it was a pleasure to have known you. Rest in peace."

Another friend added: "Never did we think we would be starting minor season without one of the best backs in the country. Daryl you were always great craic."

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