Tuesday 18 June 2019

Heartbreak at the death of fun, kind and caring Fergal

The late Fergal Keyes
The late Fergal Keyes

Mary Fogarty

Lakers has led tributes to the late Fergal Keyes, who died on Sunday following a 'fierce battle' with cystic fibrosis.

Corke Abbey man Fergal was just 31 years old and predeceased by his sister Gráinne and brother Darragh, both of whom also had CF.

He is survived by his heartbroken parents Kathleen and Aidan, his partner Becky, and all of his family members and friends.

Fergal had volunteered in recent years for Lakers, a club for adults and children with an intellectual disability.

The young musician was particularly involved with leading a weekly music class, and helping to produce the club's annual show in the Mermaid Arts Centre. He was also one of the dedicated summer camp team and did much, much more besides.

'He was a really great volunteer,' said a spokesperson for Lakers. She said that everyone linked to the organisation is devastated to learn of his passing.

They said that Fergal was a wonderful, fun, kind and caring young man. He always had a smile on his face and was a great support to the members who adored him.

'He gave so much of his time and was really well liked, he was wonderful at bringing people out of their shell,' said the spokesperson. She said that he will be greatly missed by the entire Lakers community.

Fergal was a graduate of DIT, and was a keen guitarist and singer.

His funeral Mass will take place this morning (Wednesday), at 11 a.m. in St Peter's Church, Little Bray, followed by burial at Shanganagh cemetery.

Fergal's family have requested that donations, if desired, be made to Lakers, in lieu of flowers, either at the church or online at

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