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Heartbroken family mourn 'cheeky, witty' schoolboy Jason (13)

Sports-mad Jason Reddin was an extremely popular boy
Sports-mad Jason Reddin was an extremely popular boy

The family of a schoolboy who died suddenly while visiting his grandmother have described him as an "amazing person who always did what he set out to do".

Jason Reddin (13) died on April 2. His family suspect he was a victim of sudden death syndrome, but are awaiting post-mortem results.

The boy, from Neilstown, Clondalkin, was in second year in secondary school.

"Jason could get his own way with me more than any of his brothers or sisters," his mum Karen said.

"He always gave me a hug every day, it's very hard not getting that hug any more. His little brother David misses him a lot.

"I'd like to say a big thank you to the community for all they have done. I appreciate it very much."

Jason was visiting his gran, Marie, when he died.

The popular teen, who was sports mad, showed no signs of ill-health in the hours leading up to his death.

He is survived by his mum Karen, stepdad Dave, sisters Stephanie (19) and Ashling (15) and brothers Joey (21) and nine-year-old David.

Stephanie said that she "will always cherish our memories".

Ashling's class from Fighting Words will dedicate a soon-to-be-published book to Jason.

"He was extremely friendly, all my friends loved him," she said.

"I miss him loads, and I'm grateful at my class's decision to dedicate our book, What's the Stories?, to his memory."

Ashling also thanked Gluais, a leadership programme, and her teachers for their help.

Joey said his younger brother was "an amazing person" who "loved his sports, family and friends".

"He always did what he set out to do. He was loved by many and had some amazing friends," he said.

"He's missed dearly by everyone. David misses him and wants him to know he's the best brother ever.

"Jason was one of the funni- est people you'd ever come across. I miss him so much and hope that wherever he is he is looking over us and still playing pranks on us."

Past teachers of Jason and his siblings attended his funeral in the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Rowlagh, along with dozens of friends and family members.

Jason's schoolmates from Collinstown Park Community College acted as guard of honour during his funeral.

The local community in Clondalkin raised around €7,000 for Jason's family to help cover his funeral costs.

Family friend Linda McGowan led the fundraising efforts.

Jason's cousin Jessica Fogarty Reddin said she has "no doubt he is dabbing away wherever he is".

"He was such a happy-go-lucky fella who is dearly missed by everyone," she said.

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"He was such a kind and gentle young soul who had the time of day for anybody. You couldn't fault him in any way.

"The one thing we will all miss seeing is his cheeky little smile that allowed him away with anything.

"Anybody who had the pleasure of knowing Jason knew he was such an energetic and optimistic young lad who had so much potential for the future.

"I'll miss the little laughs we have in our nanny's together. Everyone should cherish each and every moment they have with the people they love, because in a split second it can be taken away from you and can leave the family heartbroken.

"We were blessed with having Jason as our own. He'd brighten up any room with his cheeky little smile and witty banter."

Jason's uncle, Wayne, also expressed his gratitude to the community for their response after his nephew's death.

The family extended their gratitude to Wayne for trying to save Jason and the paramedics who attended the scene.

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