CLASSMATES of a boy who died suddenly before he was to begin the Junior Cert exam today are receiving counselling.
Tadhg Coleman (15) was discovered collapsed at his home on Monday night. The boy's sudden death has stunned and saddened his school and local community.
Three psychologists were sent by the Department of Education to the school in County Cork yesterday to advise teachers on helping pupils deal with the emotional strain of the tragedy.
The enormously popular boy from the village of Killeagh in East Cork was due to sit the English examination at Midleton Christian Brothers' School today.
Tadhg had spent some of Monday evening at the local GAA grounds where he was pucking a hurling ball around with friends on the sidelines as they watched a match.
Later on Monday night, he was found collapsed in his home by a family member. A neighbour was called to help in desperate efforts to resuscitate him but he could not be revived.
The results of an autopsy are not expected for several days.
Local GAA club chairman Tim Crotty told the Herald today: "The whole community is shocked and in mourning. Tadhg was one of those jolly characters that everyone had time for.
"His parents are the local newsagents and are very well respected. Tadhg was very well known by everyone, including the customers too.
"The funeral will be tomorrow at 2 pm and the club will be seeking to support the family in whatever way we can. We will be offering to provide a guard of honour for Tadhg."
The red-haired boy was an enthusiastic and gifted hurler and footballer. He was a member of the U15 hurling team that won the county championship last year.
He will be "an enormous loss" to the entire community," said Mr Crotty.
The family newsagents shop has remained closed since the tragedy as relatives and friends seek to comfort parents John and Ursula and his younger sister Kelly.