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Portrait of teen to be given to family

A framed portrait of tragic teenager Emma Sloan, sketched just a week ago by classmates will be presented to her family today at her funeral.

The image of Emma (14) was carefully crafted as she posed for her classmates' Christmas Art exam.

It was a happy time in the teen's life as she prepared for her Christmas holidays and the adventures that lay ahead.

However, students and teachers at Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School in Drimnagh, have been united in their grief following the death of the student.

"Emma was a lovely girl," Principal, Margaret Maher, told the Herald.

"Everyone was very fond of Emma. She was a very energetic, very bubbly girl. All of our students are very upset. She was so loved.

"It's a huge tragedy for Emma's family and for the school and for all of the young people we are supporting through this," Ms Maher added.


A prayer service was held at the school yesterday in memory of the budding make-up artist, who loved art, fashion and the X Factor.

Today Emma's friends' will perform a guard of honour at her funeral mass in Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mourne Road.

Emma's family; her heart-broken mother Caroline, sisters Amy and Mia and grandmother Vera asked mourners today to donate to Temple Street Childrens' Hospital in lieu of floral tributes.

"She was very artistic and very talented.

"She loved to dress up and loved make-up," Ms Maher said.

"She stood out as a very pretty young girl and she will be very sadly missed by all who knew her."

Emma's mum Caroline has appealed to the parents of children with nut allergies to make sure to carry the life-saving EpiPen injection.