Sunday 8 December 2019

Shock as young rugby player is found dead by mother

Ogie Barrett died in his sleep
Ogie Barrett died in his sleep

Katherine Devine

A tight-knit community in Co Limerick was left "in shock and disbelief" when a well-known teenager passed away suddenly on New Year's Day.

Ogie Barrett (17), from Church Road, Raheen, was found dead in his bed by his mother Ita on January 1.

It is believed Ogie passed away from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Ogie, who was a fifth-year student at Crescent College Comprehensive School, was laid to rest in Raheen Church yesterday afternoon.

Labour councillor Joe Leddin said the community has been left "devastated".

"He was a young boy who had his whole life ahead of him and to be found dead by his mother is shocking and very tragic," he told the Irish Independent.

"It's a very sad time for the community. Ogie played rugby at the Old Crescent Rugby Football Club with my son and he went to the local school, so he was well-known and liked."

Cllr Leddin said that Ogie's classmates were on a trip to Italy when they heard the tragic news that he had passed away.

"Ogie was part of a tight-knit community where families and friends are very close. There's a sense of shock and disbelief and ultimately sadness in the community."

It is the second tragedy to hit the family after Ogie's father Ray passed away three years ago.

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"His dad also died a few years ago from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome," said Cllr Leddin. "The family are left in bereavement again."

Ogie is survived by mum Ita, brothers Joe and Paul, aunts Nora, Jacinta, Kay and Jill.

Old Cresent Rugby Club paid tribute to Ogie saying the club was shrouded in a "veil of sadness".

His death comes just days after the death of another young rugby player.

Ben Murray (13), from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, died suddenly over the Christmas break.

Tributes were paid to him by both Mullingar Rugby Football Club and Leinster Rugby.

Irish Independent

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