Monday 11 December 2017

'A witty boy with a heart of gold, who loved everybody. He was our baby boy'

Emily Hourican

Not only has Sallyanne Clarke had to bury her child, but she has had to deal with his death while living in the public eye. Emily Hourican talks to the grief-stricken mother of 16-year-old Andrew Clarke

JUST weeks before he died, 16-year-old Andrew Clarke attended a Kairos religious retreat with his class from Clongowes Wood College. "I went in with 50 friends, and came out with 50 brothers," he told his mother, Sallyanne.

On Thursday, December 27, Andrew had been working in his garage fixing up a VW Jetta he had bought weeks ago, when his mother found him unconscious beside the car. CPR was performed, and then when the ambulance men arrived and managed to get a heart beat, he was transferred to Tallaght Hospital, where Andrew died on Monday 31, New Year's Eve.

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