Hundreds attend funeral of County Limerick teenager

The Remains of Jack Lyons, 14, are removed from St Paul's Church, Clouncagh
HUNDREDS of people attended the funeral of the teenage boy who died suddenly in County Limerick last week.

HUNDREDS of people attended the funeral of the teenage boy who died suddenly in County Limerick last week.

There were emotional scenes in Clouncagh as mourners gathered for the funeral 14 year old Jack Lyons, who died while visiting his Grandparent’s farm at Ahalin, Ballingarry last Thursday.

The sports-mad teenager, who collapsed while power-hosing farmyard sheds, died from suspected cardiac arrest.

His funeral mass took place yesterday afternoon at St Mary’s church in Clouncagh where just one week earlier he had attended mass with his family

There were heartbreaking scenes as the remains of the 14-year-old were brought from his family home to the small church which is located across the road.

School children from Deel Rangers and Knockaderry GAA Clubs, Ahalin National School, and SMI Secondary School in Newcastle West provided a guard of honour along the route outside the small church which can hold less than one hundred people.

Several hundred mourners gathered outside and watched as Carmel and Kevin Lyons walked the sorrowful journey with the coffin carrying their eldest son while comforting their younger twin boys Cormac and Darragh (10).

In his homily parish priest Fr Edwin Irwin said 14 was a very short time in a life but said Jack had lived them to the full.

He said the entire community was devastated when news of last week’s tragedy unfolded.

For a full report, see this weekend’s Limerick Leader, print edition.