Thursday 26 April 2018

Tragic sporting teen 'had sudden death syndrome'

Jack Lyons
Jack Lyons

David Raleigh

A TEENAGER first suspected of dying from electrocution may have suffered sudden adult death syndrome, post-mortem results indicate.

Jack Lyons (14), from the parish of Knockaderry, Co Limerick, was thought to have been electrocuted as a friend handed him a power hose at his grandparents home in Kilmeedy.

His devastated grandparents Paddy and Eileen attempted to save his life but he was pronounced dead in hospital.

But a post-mortem carried out yesterday in Limerick did not suggest electrocution as the cause of death.

A garda source said the results of the post mortem were now "leaning towards a sudden death".

The youngster was a well-known GAA and rugby talent in his community.

On behalf of the newly crowned Munster senior hurling champions, Limerick star hurler Niall Moran said: "I'm delighted people enjoyed our win but this brings everyone back to terra ferma. We extend our sympathies to young Jack Lyons' family. Life is about more than hurling. I'm very, very sorry for that family."

Jack's father Kevin, who works with Kerry Group in Listowel, and his mother Carmel, who works part-time with a local Bouncy Castle firm, brought their son's remains to the family home yesterday. Jack is also survived by his grandparents Paddy and Eileen, John and Mary.


Jack, one of three sons, and a brother to 10-year old twins Darragh and Cormac, will lay in repose today at his home in Cloncagh.

His funeral mass takes place tomorrow at 1pm at St Mary's Church, Cloncagh in the parish of Knockaderry.

Fr Edwin Irwin, parish priest at Cloncagh, said the boy's parents were "devastated".

He added: "Everyone is very shocked. Jack was a very well-known young fella."

The local community has been hit by three sudden deaths of young people in the recent past.

Monagea teenager, Darragh Donovan, aged in his late teens, died suddenly in his sleep two years ago.

A few months afterwards, Niamh Herlihy, also aged in her late teens, died suddenly without any warning.

"All three were living within a few miles of one another. It's a terrible situation for the families. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all," said one local.

The U-14 hurling team from Deel Rangers GAA club, which is an amalgamation of Knockaderry, Feoghanagh/Castlemahon, Monagea, plan on providing a guard of honour at Jack's funeral.

Matt Lacey, an underage coach at Deel Rangers, said, Jack's number 3 jersey that he wore for the club on his team position of full-back, would be buried with him tomorrow.

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