Family of tragic Ciara grateful for support
The grieving family of schoolgirl Ciara Lawlor, who died after collapsing at a Dublin concert, praised the support they have received since the tragedy.
"We are very grateful. The community support has been fantastic," a member of the family told the Herald.
Fulsome tributes have been paid to the popular 17-year-old, who became unwell during a Kodaline concert in Marlay Park on Friday night.
"She was lovely," said the family member yesterday.
Ciara, who lived at Richview, Kilkenny, was loved and admired by many people in the community, including the Kilkenny City Harriers Athletics Club (KCH) where she was a valued member.
"All of us in KCH loved Ciara," the club declared in a message yesterday. "She was the life and soul of every group. She will be a huge loss to every one of us.
"RIP Ciara. We will miss you."
The club extended its deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
Ciara's Requiem Mass will be at noon tomorrow at St John's Church in Kilkenny, with burial afterwards at St Kieran's Cemetery.
Her remains will repose at her home today from 3pm.
Medical staff on site at the Kodaline concert assisted the teenager when she took ill. She was rushed to Tallaght Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
A post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday.
Gardai said the sudden death is not being treated as suspicious as it is understood the young girl had underlying health issues.
Ciara was a fifth-year student in Loreto Secondary School in Kilkenny.
Her parents, John and Eimear, told the Herald: "Ciara was a beautiful, vivacious 17-year-old girl."
Kodaline band members said they were "shocked and devastated" by Ciara's death.