Friday 23 February 2018

‘Robbie Robinson was my best man - now I have to bury him’

- Robbie was best man at best friend’s wedding in June
- 32-year-old laid to rest today with groom giving eulogy

Robbie Robinson with best friend James Brock
Robbie Robinson with best friend James Brock
Robbie Robinson
Robbie Robinson and sister Kim and mother Martina
Robbie Robinson with his mother Martina
Robbie Robinson
Robbie's aunties Geraldine Robinson Keady and Mary Brock helping with the raffle

Niall O’Connor

JUST six weeks ago, Robbie Robinson delivered the best man's speech at the wedding of his closest friend.

Today, the groom James Brock was due to repay that trust by making a speech about Robbie at his funeral mass.

Mr Brock was asked by the tragic Wicklow man’s family to deliver the eulogy at Robbie's funeral Mass in Ashford.

The pair had been best friends since a young age and Robbie was thrilled to have travelled back to Ireland last month to attend James's wedding.

Robbie had been working as a scaffolder in Christchurch, New Zealand, but was only too happy to return home to carry out best man duties for James.

After the wedding, Robbie visited Bangkok to meet friends there on his way back to New Zealand.

During his stay in Thailand, Robbie fell from a fourth-storey building on June 22.

He had realised that he left his key inside the apartment and attempted to climb up a fire escape to his bedroom. However, he lost his footing and fell dozens of metres, sustaining life-threatening head injuries.

Robbie remained in a coma in a Bangkok hospital – but family and friends managed to raise funds to fly Robbie home in a bid to see if his condition would improve.

Sadly, he lost his brave battle in the company of his family at Beaumont Hospital on Sunday.

James Brock was one of a number of friends who spoke on the phone to Robbie while he lay in his hospital bed in Thailand, pleading with him to “wake up”.

He was today due to tell mourners about the impact of losing someone who he saw as a brother.

“Robbie has such a large circle of friends who loved him dearly.

But James and him were so unbelievably close so it is fitting that he reads the eulogy,” Robbie's stepfather Pat said.

Hundreds of mourners were today expected to fill the Most Holy Rosary Church in Ashford.

“The Robinson and Fox families have shown such tremendous strength and courage since Robbie's tragic accident.

“Their story has pierced so many hearts. Robbie's death has shattered so many more,” said family friend Irene Winters.

Robbie was due to be buried today at Killoughter graveyard in Co Wicklow.

His family has requested that any donations are made to Wicklow Cancer Care.

But his family still face a massive medical bill.

Anyone who wishes to donate can visit www.facebook.com/RobbieRobinsonFund.

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