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The late Lee Nolan.

The late Lee Nolan.

The late Lee Nolan.

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PEOPLE throughout the Enniscorthy and Wexford areas were shocked and saddened at the weekend following the passing of a young secondary school student from Ballymurn.

Lee Nolan (16), from St Joseph’s Terrace, in Ballymurn, passed away unexpectedly on Friday and the news of his passing saddened not just the close-knit community in his local area but also in St Mary's CBS secondary school in Enniscorthy.

Lee was a very popular member of the school community and that fact was highlighted by the school Principal, John Ryan, who said everyone in the school is “deeply saddened" by his passing.

“We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Lee and our sympathies and thoughts are very much with Lee’s family, friends and neighbours,” said Mr Ryan.

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Lee was a 5th Year LCA student in the school and poignantly at this year’s awards ceremony he was announced as the recipient of this year’s LCA 5th Year class award.

"He will be greatly missed by all who knew him," said Mr Ryan.

He said teachers are helping Lee's fellow-students to deal with this sad loss.

"The school has been open for parents and students to support them and offer advice and guidance,” said Mr Ryan.

Offering a poignant and solemn tribute to Lee, his classmates and teachers stood side by side as his coffin entered and left the church in Ballymurn during his funeral on Monday.

Lee was an outgoing, very friendly teenager who loved nature. He was very mechanically minded and had a big interest in cars and motorbikes. He was also someone who always had a smile on his face and the high regard in which he was held by everyone who knew him was reflected in some of the messages of condolence posted online.

The CBS reception also offered ‘sincere condolences to the Nolan family and many friends, on the very sad passing of Lee’ while other friends and neighbours commented that Lee was ‘a beautiful son and brother’.

Bree Parish also posted an online tribute on behalf of everyone in the community which read: ‘This is tragic news and we're all very sorry for the loss of Lee. We are sure he was a kind loving person and we understand that passing so young is so sad and hard on the family. We hope anyone who knew Lee will always remember the best parts of his life.”

The parish also offered condolences to the Nolan family on their sad loss. Another person highlighted how Lee “had the laugh and was great company to be in, and always thought of others".

Another person described him as “such a kind hearted soul around the village; he was so kind and friendly to everyone".

Lee’s requiem mass took place in the Church of the Assumption and St Malachy, Ballymurn, on Monday at 12 noon following which his remains were laid to rest in Ballymurn cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, Caroline and David, siblings, Natasha, Aaron and Zoe, grandparents, brothers-in-law, Hugh and Conor, best friends, Nathan and Kailen, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.


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