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Friday 20 September 2019

Town mourns for Ryan (13) killed in quad bike mishap

Tragic teenager Ryan Nagle
Tragic teenager Ryan Nagle

A local community has rallied around the grief-stricken family of 13-year-old Ryan Nagle following his tragic death after a quad-bike accident.

His death has rocked the close-knit community of Castlemaine, Co Kerry, where Ryan and his family are well-known and well-liked.

Ryan was the son of Brian and Irene Nagle, from the Ballygamboon area of Castlemaine.

Touched

Tributes have been pouring in for the teen who died on Monday. He was described as a wonderful young boy who had "touched many hearts" in the local community.

Friends and family spoke about him as a character who achieved a huge amount in his tragically short life.

Ryan was formerly a pupil of Firies National School and had almost completed his first year at Killorglin Community College. The principal of Killorglin Community College Donal O'Reilly led tributes on Tuesday to the popular first-year student.

"This is a terrible tragedy for his family, our school and our community," Mr O'Reilly said.

"We are deeply saddened at these events, and our thoughts and sympathies are with the Nagle family and friends at this time."

Ryan had been in the community's thoughts and prayers over the past week as he battled for his life in Dublin following the bike accident over a week ago.

The devastating news that he had died filtered through on Tuesday morning.

He was one of four children. His older brother, Jack, and sister, Chloe, also attend the Community College.

He also has a younger brother, Gearoid.

Psychologists

The school quickly moved to implement its critical-incident management plan, involving psychologists from the National Educational Psychologists Service (NEPS), South West Counselling, and Killorglin Neighbour Youth Project, who are on hand to help the students face the terrible tragedy.

Mr O'Reilly said the community has rallied around the family and school at this most distressing time for everyone who knew Ryan.

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