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Philip is laid to rest

Wednesday, 16th August, 2017 6:10pm

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 on Sunday, where his funeral mass was held at 2pm on Monday, with burial after in the adjoining cemetery.

Father Patrick Scanlon was the chief celebrant during Philip’s funeral mass.

Fr Scanlon said: “For you, the Leahy family, Wednesday 2 August will remain forever etched in your minds, as the day you were informed that Philip had been involved in a tragic accident. And so began your frantic preparations, to book flights and be with him.

“In the course of the next few agonising days by his bedside in the Atlantic General Hospital, your lives were turned upside down. We can only imagine what that experience was like for you Ann, William, and Patrick and his aunt Mary.

“And so you have experienced a plethora of feelings, some of which you may have never felt before, or never felt so intensely: Profound shock, numbness, utter disbelief, anger, emptiness and loss.”

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.

Fr Scanlon continued: “You recall and cherish so many memories of Philip, since he was a baby, to the day close to a year ago when he captained the Ballyhooly Junior Football team to its first-ever County Final victory.

“You, his family – you grieve not only for what you have lost, but also for all that could have been – the hopes and the dreams, for his future in sport, in the career he might have chosen, the husband and father he might have become.”

Support services remain available to any CIT 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 cit.ie.

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