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Funeral for late CIT student today

Monday, 14th August, 2017 10:45am

The village of Ballyhooly will say its final goodbye to a local sports star who died while on a J1 in America.

Philip Leahy suffered cardiac arrest after getting into difficulty while swimming in Ocean City two weeks ago. 

He died in hospital on Sunday, 6 August, with his family by his bedside.

His remains were removed to the Church of the Nativity, Ballyhooly last night where his funeral mass will be held at 2pm today with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 

The 22 year old was an avid football and hurling player and captained the Ballyhooly Junior B football team to its first ever county title last year.

Following his accident, a local group set up a Go Fund Me page to help raise funds for his medical expenses. It was closed after he passed away and raised more than €93,000.

Philip began his studies as a CIT student in September 2013 pursuing a Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Leisure Management. In September 2016 he progressed to the honours degree in Business Studies and was due to be conferred in October.

A statement from CIT said: “We keep in mind, in a very special way at this time, the students who were with Philip in the US, his classmates and staff who shared in Philip’s four year journey among us at CIT and his wide circle of friends within and outside CIT.

Support services remain available to any student who wishes to avail of it at this time and can be accessed by contacting the services directly. Contact details can be accessed at

The death notice Philip reads: “Philip passed away peacefully at Atlantic General Hospital in the presence of his family following a tragic accident. Loving and much loved son of Ann (Twohig) and the late Philly, dear brother of William and Patrick."

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