Teen died from accidental ecstasy overdose – gardai
Rugby fanatic had taken drug along with cannabis
A KEEN young rugby player died after he accidentally took an overdose of ecstasy tablets, gardai believe.
Niall Patrick (18), from Hillside, Greystones, Co Wicklow, died last week while at a friend's house.
He and a few friends had been at an address in Knockatemple, in the nearby town of Roundwood, last Thursday when Mr Patrick got into trouble.
Investigating officers believe that he ingested a number of ecstasy tablets and had smoked some cannabis on the night.
Mr Patrick collapsed and could not be revived. A friend of the teen also collapsed at the scene and was taken to hospital.
His condition remained serious over the weekend. However, he was yesterday said to be improving.
Gardai are treating the drug-related fatality as death by misadventure.
It had been feared that the young sportsman had come into contact with tablets containing the highly dangerous chemical PMA, sold as ecstasy. However, gardai have now all but ruled out that possibility.
Greystones residents yesterday told the Irish Independent of their shock at Mr Patrick's sudden death.
"You would know him to see, coming up and down the road. He'd often be out in the field kicking the rugby ball around," one man said.
"He kept to himself really but he seemed like a nice young chap. Both he and his sister would kick the ball around a bit. It's terrible for his family," said another.
The funeral for Mr Patrick, who is survived by his father Peter, mother Jacqueline, brother Conor and sister Ciara, took place on Tuesday at St Mochonog's church, in Kilmacanogue.
Tributes have flooded in on social networking sites, including the Presentation College Bray Rugby web page.
"Niall was a great servant to various rugby teams in the school over the past six years, notably representing the school in a Fr Godfrey Cup winning squad at junior level.
"Niall brought great humour and fun to all the teams he represented while also taking his rugby very seriously," it said.
Mr Patrick shared a love of the Ulster rugby team with his dad Peter.