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Locals in shock at sudden death of sports-loving teen


Tragic Darragh O’Connell (18)

Tragic Darragh O’Connell (18)

Tragic Darragh O’Connell (18)

Tributes have been paid to a sports-loving teen who tragically died after suddenly falling ill at the weekend.

The requiem mass of Darragh O'Connell (18) will take place in his native Limerick tomorrow, with special guards of honour to be provided by his school, Colaiste Chiarain in Croom, as well as local sports and community groups.

A post-mortem examination was conducted at University Hospital Limerick yesterday and a file will now be prepared for the Limerick coroner.

No precise cause of death has been revealed but it is understood both potential asthma and cardiac issues are being examined. The young man from Rosbrien, outside Croom in Co Limerick, suddenly took ill on Saturday.

Desperate efforts to assist him failed and he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Mr O'Connell is survived by his heartbroken parents, Adrian and Yvonne, and his sister, Vicky.

He was a highly respected student at Colaiste Chiarain.


The young man was described as a keen sports fan and a major supporter of both Munster rugby and Limerick GAA. He had commenced his sixth-year studies a few weeks ago and was scheduled to sit his Leaving Cert next June.

In a statement, the school extended its sympathy to his devastated family.

"Our thoughts go to his bereaved family at this difficult time," a school spokesperson said. "He was an excellent student, a really nice young man who enjoyed the company and support of a great group of friends. He will be greatly missed by his friends, fellow students and teachers."

Counselling supports are being offered to the teen's friends and classmates in the school.

Councillor Richard O'Donoghue, who has strong links to the Croom school, said the entire community was in shock.

"It's just such a tragedy - it is beyond words. For a young boy to lose his life like that, it just defies belief," he said.

"My deepest condolences go to his parents, family and friends."

The teen will lay in repose at his Greenfields home from noon today before removal to Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Childers Road.