A fundraising campaign has exceeded its €30,000 target to repatriate the body of a 25 year-old Killarney man who suddenly took ill and died in Australia – just days before Christmas.

€37,145 of the €30,000 goal was raised through a GoFundMe campaign by 496 people in just six days, to bring the remains of David Sheehy home to Carraigeen, Headford.

David tragically died on December 22, a week after being admitted to a Sydney hospital.

David’s family and friends set up the fundraising page to raise much needed funds to bring David home to rest, and also to donate to a very worthy charity The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

A statement on the GoFundMe page said that the family are thankful for the support they have received to bring their beloved David home to rest.

‘On behalf of David’s mam Eileen, families and friends, we want to sincerely thank you all for your generous donations and kind wishes,’ it read.
‘We have surpassed our target for The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust Fund and we are closing the GoFundMe page. It has been a tremendous help and is a great comfort that this will also go to help other families. Míle Buíochas. RIP David Sheehy’.