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Monday 18 December 2017

Naples fall victim Charlie was 'extraordinary man'

Charlie Henry's coffin is carried into the Church of the Assumption in Dalkey
Charlie Henry's coffin is carried into the Church of the Assumption in Dalkey

A DUBLIN language teacher who fell to his death from an apartment balcony in Italy has been remembered as a "unique and extraordinary man".

Charlie Henry (23), from Sandycove, fell 90ft from his home in Naples on Sunday, June 22.

He died later in hospital from the catastrophic injuries he suffered in the fall to the narrow street.

Charlie's parents Richard and Harriet, his brother Ronan and sister Camilla were comforted by his large circle of family and friends at his funeral in the Church of the Assumption in Dalkey yesterday.

FAITH

"The death of a young person in the prime of life is overwhelming in its effects can make us question our faith," Fr Tom Nash from Blackrock College told mourners.

"The sudden and tragic death of 
Charlie has stunned and shocked all of us and left a deep void in the life of his family," he added.

He said Charlie was a gifted person with a love of humour and music, who also had a deep faith, attending mass every Sunday.

Fr Nash said Charlie was a man who liked meeting people in person, and was a not a fan of social media, choosing not to have a Facebook or Twitter account. "He was very close to his granny too," he added, 
referring to Charlie's grandmother Angela.

Charlie had a love of 
sailing and a prayer was said for all those in the 
Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

After the mass, his remains were brought to Killoughter Cemetery in Co Wicklow for burial. While Charlie's death is not being treated as suspicious, it is being investigated by 
police and officials in the Naples 
region. Charlie lived on the fourth floor of the apartment in the Montecalvario district.

It is an area popular with students and young people, and is near the city's universities, bars and restaurants.

He was working as an English teacher at a private school in the Vomero district.

INCIDENT

There were no witnesses to the incident but early indications were that Charlie fell through a window on to the balcony and may have tried to hold on before falling off.

Charlie previously worked with the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire each summer.

"He was a great guy, we are all gutted," a member of the club told The Herald.

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