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The funeral cortege leaves the Church of St Thomas the apostle in Jobstown Tallaght.
Photos: Steve Humphreys

The funeral cortege leaves the Church of St Thomas the apostle in Jobstown Tallaght. Photos: Steve Humphreys

The funeral cortege leaves the Church of St Thomas the apostle in Jobstown Tallaght. Photos: Steve Humphreys

A teenager who died just before Christmas after falling on a glass bottle she was carrying had saved the life of an elderly woman just weeks before her death, mourners at her funeral have heard.

Megan O'Connor (18), from Glenshane in Tallaght, Dublin, was on Sundrive Road in Crumlin with friends in the early hours of December 23 when she fell. She had been carrying a glass bottle which broke underneath her, and is believed to have caused a fatal cut to an artery in her groin.

At her funeral yesterday she was remembered as a young woman finding her way in life, and a beacon of light to those that knew her.

Her aunt Sonya paid tribute to her at the Church of St Thomas in Jobstown, Tallaght, and told how only weeks ago Megan had been on the Luas with her girlfriend Nikita when an elderly lady became unwell.

But Megan had performed CPR on her until the ambulance arrived.

"That lady is alive today because of Megan," she said.

In his homily, Fr Pat McKinley told how Megan would be remembered by many as 'Fuzzy' because of her hair, which was very curly until she had it cut recently.

"Megan, like every one of us in life, had her share of struggles. She had her ups and downs, she had her troubles.

"I believe she gave her family and some of her teachers free coaching in sprinting as she ducked and dived around school and home," he said.

"But whatever struggles she had, her short life was ultimately a bright blaze of light and laughter and love," he added.

Symbols of her life brought to the altar included sports shirts and scarves, a pair of runners, and a boxing glove.

Mourners heard that Megan lived for sport and hoped to get involved with boxing again before her tragic death.

GardaĆ­ are investigating all of the circumstances surrounding Megan's death, but are treating it as a tragic accident.

Irish Independent