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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Sports fanatic Nicc Schuster's father and brother carry his coffin

Father and brother John and Alexei Schuster carry the coffin of Niccolai to the Church of the Three Patrons. Photo: Damien Eagers
Father and brother John and Alexei Schuster carry the coffin of Niccolai to the Church of the Three Patrons. Photo: Damien Eagers

Hundreds have gathered in Rathgar to say goodbye to Niccolai Schuster, one of six J1 students who was tragically killed in the Berkeley balcony collapse.

Family and friends have come to the Church of the Three Patrons in Dublin to pay their final respects to the 21-year-old UCD student.

Nicc was one of six students who died when a balcony collapsed at a 21st birthday party last Monday night.

A line of students from his old school St Mary’s College in Rathmines were joined by his friends dressed in Bayern Munich jerseys, his favourite team, in forming an guard of honour as his coffin was brought into the church.

Their hearts broken and heavy with grief, the father and younger brother of Nicc carried his coffin with help from his friends.

From Terenure in Dublin, the 21-year-old studied history and politics at UCD, and attended St Mary’s College in Rathmines in 2012.

The young student’s funeral mass opened with the hymn ‘Time of our lives’ and friends and relatives brought forward items of meaning in Nicc’s life.

A photo of the student in Bangkok, of the Beechwood football team he coached last year, and a Bushy Park Rangers Jersey - a team he set up.

A bottle of orange squash and a Terry's chocolate orange were brought up representing his favourite treats.

Mourners recalled his excellent tips at Cheltenham, his love of travel and a Play Station game with FIFA game.

His younger brother Alexei brought up his Leinster Jersey.

The UCD arts student was a grand-nephew of the writer and playwright John B. Keane.

Two large collages of photos were place either side of the casket, full of photos of Nicc with his friends and family.

His uncle and god-father, Ivan Schuster, will read a reflection, as will his god-mother and aunt, Catherine Wakeford.

His father John and mother Grazieela, alongside brother Alexei , are also expected to speak at the mass.

The funerals of Eimear Walsh and Eoghan Culligan took place yesterday, and Olivia Burke is to be laid to rest later today, while Lorcán Miller’s funeral will take place on Thursday.

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