Devastated friends and family mourn tragic Ana on birthday
Tearful friends and former classmates of tragic Dublin teenager Ana Hick gathered around her for one last time ahead of her funeral today.
On what should have been her 19th birthday, they filed into a Glasthule funeral home to say goodbye to the vibrant and loving girl who died after collapsing outside a city nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning.
She passed away on Sunday afternoon as gardai investigated reports that she had taken ecstasy tablets while on the night out with friends in the Twister Pepper on Middle Abbey Street.
From noon yesterday Ana was laid out in her coffin in Quinn's funeral home in Glasthule. There were emotional scenes when Ana's mother, Elga, was embraced on the street and she tried to give words of support to her only child's peers.
Shortly after midday Ana's friends started to arrive.
Some of the girls who attended the funeral home wore their wine-coloured Loreto of Dalkey, Class of 2014 fleece tops.
Then they emerged after a while, holding each other, crying, hugging in groups, scarcely able to believe that Ana is gone.
They comforted each other and shared their pain and their stories. But it was the day they should have been ringing and texting Ana, wishing her a happy 19th birthday.
On Monday night, friends of the drama student gathered at the Irish Film Academy in Temple Bar to remember her.
Her father, Tim, travelled from the US to say goodbye to his only daughter.
Ana's final journey to the Church of the Assumption in Dalkey will take place this morning followed by burial at Shanganagh Cemetery.