The family of Daragh Sherry, who passed away in Rathangan last Sunday, have appealed to young people to live life to the full.
Speaking today (Wednesday December 12) at a ceremony at Rathangan Community Centre, Daragh’s uncle Greg told all the teenagers present they had a wonderful life ahead of them with lots of opportunities. He urged them if they had any troubles to talk to their parents, teachers and family.
His father David said “we absolutely loved Daragh to bits.” He said he didn’t want to call the service a ceremony, but rather a celebration of Daragh’s life and what he was about. Those in attendance heard how Daragh was a loyal friend, a happy smiling person with a love of music and football. Friends and family members shared memories, read readings and poems, sang songs, and spoke lovingly of Daragh.
A massive crowd gathered at Rathangan Community Centre at 11am to say farewell to the 15-year-old Gaelic footballer, who hailed from Tannery Row, A huge number of students and teachers from Ardscoil Rath Iomhgain were present, as were members of Rathangan GAA underage football and members of Scooters Youth Club.
Daragh took his own life last Sunday. He will be bitterly missed by his father David, mother Linda, sister Ciara and brother Cillian. He will also be sorely missed by a huge circle of family members and friends.
There have been a number of deaths in Rathangan over the last number of months, some of which may have been suicides. Another boy, who was in the same year as Daragh passed away last Summer.