Hundreds mark memory of Limerick teen

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

OVER 330 young people from all corners of County Limerick descended on the People’s Hall in Kilmallock at the weekend to attend a disco in honour of the late James Long.

OVER 330 young people from all corners of County Limerick descended on the People’s Hall in Kilmallock at the weekend to attend a disco in honour of the late James Long.

Hosted by Kilmallock Youth Club, in conjunction with Limerick Youth Service, the disco was an opportunity for James’ friends and young people in the local community to honour his memory.

James Long from Bantard South, Kilmallock died following a severe asthma attack just hours after scoring the winning goal for his club in an under-14 match against Patrickswell last June.

He was just 13 years-of-age.

“James was a very active boy and was involved in everything,” recalled Alison Barrett of Kilmallock Youth Club. “He was always asking us to organise a disco so that he and his friends could strut their stuff on the dance floor!”

Friday night’s Halloween disco was one of the biggest held by Limerick Youth Service in recent years and was the first major meeting of county youth club members since James’ passing.

“We were conscious that many of James’ friends were there and we wanted to use the evening to let them know that it is OK to grieve and that there is support available whenever they need it,” continued Alison.

Limerick Youth Service wishes to express their sincerest condolences to James’ family and friends.

The service would also like to remind those struggling to come to terms with the untimely passing of James or of a friend or family member that there is somebody there to listen and there is help available. Those suffering in silence can speak to a family member, friend, school teacher, youth club member or contact some of the following helplines: Children’s Grief Project 061-313037 or Childline at 1800 666 666.