Priest makes heartfelt plea after drugs death of teen
A priest issued a heartfelt appeal for youngsters to have the strength to say 'no' to drugs.
Canon John Fitzgerald issued the appeal as a shocked Cork community paid tribute to Alex Ryan (18), who died having lost a five-day battle for life after he consumed a deadly designer party drug nicknamed 'N Bomb'.
Mr Ryan, from Old Coach Road, Millstreet, Co Cork, died last weekend having been on a life-support machine since Tuesday.
He was buried in Millstreet yesterday.
Parish Priest Canon Fitzgerald urged youngsters to have the strength and courage to refuse drugs.
"You were asked to have a chat with your parents at your Confirmation and to abstain from drink until you were a certain age.
"The second half of the pledge was that you abstain from drugs for life.
"I put that before you again - that you have the strength of character to say 'no'.
"So that you can reach your full potential, achieve your targets."