THE grieving family of tragic Chloe Kinsella, whose funeral takes place this morning have appealed to teenagers to seek help if they are troubled.
Chloe’s uncle, Matthew Franklin, made the appeal on Friday - just hours after his niece’s body was recovered from the river Shannon.
A post mortem showed the 15-year-old drowned and gardai have confirmed that foul play has been ruled out in relation to her death.
Addressing Chloe’s classmates and some of the dozens of volunteers who helped search for the schoolgirl, Matthew had a special message for her them.
“Live your lives, just relax and be happy,” he appealed to the teenagers who had gathered at the Kileely Community centre following the recovery of Chloe’s body from the river Shannon.
“Because if it gets out of hand, we’ll have another tragedy on our hands,” said Matthew, who appealed to Chloe’s friends to seek help if they need it.
“If the pressure gets to you, just go and seek help. Young people in the area, respect what you have, respect your age. Look what’s after happening to a 15-year-old child.”
Speaking over the weekend, Matthew said the Kinsella family were struggling to come to terms with that tragedy.
“As far as we know, there was nothing wrong with Chloe. It just all of a sudden came on top of her.”
Moyross parish priest Father Tony O’Riordan described Chloe’s death as “sad and tragic” and he said young people should “not be alone” in their grief.
“It’s important sometimes to take a little break from it. It’s important to tell Chloe’s funny stories and the happy times and even the mad things Chloe may have got up to. Remember her as she was and do not let the sadness overwhelm you,” he said.
Fr O’Riordan added that the coming days and weeks will be tough for Chloe’s friends and classmates but he said members of the wider community are there to support them. “There are, and there will be, lots of supports available to everyone in the community, especially to Chloe’s friends, but you need to seek them out. You don’t need to carry this on your own.”
It is understood that arrangements have been made to make counselling services available to Chloe’s friends and classmates from today.
The Samaritans can be contacted 24 hours a day at 1850 60 90 90.