Tragic Ana was like 'a comet that lit up our lives' - priest
There were emotional scenes of raw grief in Dalkey today as the family and friends of tragic teen Ana Hick gathered for her funeral.
The 18-year-old student died on Sunday after collapsing outside a city nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Ana passed away just days before her 19th birthday as gardai investigated reports that she had taken a type of ecstasy tablet while on a night out with friends in the Twister Pepper venue on Middle Abbey Street.
The Church of the Assumption in Dalkey was bathed in early summer sunshine as Ana's white coffin was carried through the south county Dublin village and then into the church.
The moving refrains of Amazing Grace signalled the beginning of Ana's final journey just after 11.30am this morning.
Mourners were told that the beautiful teenager "lit up" everyone's life with her vivacious personality.
"Her life was like a comet that lit up our lives, but for a short time," the parish priest said.
Friends from Loreto Dalkey, the Irish Film Academy in Temple Bar, along with Ana's mother Elga and father Tim stood in disbelief that the vibrant and loving student was gone.
Gardai investigating her death have spoken to some of the friends who were with Ana on the night she collapsed, and are set to interview more people in a wider circle as they try to find out who may have supplied her and others the ecstasy tablets.
Yesterday would have been Ana's 19th birthday, but instead of friends gathering in celebration with her, they came together and joined her family to say goodbye.