By Michelle Crean
Shocked communities in Beaufort, Killorglin and Castlemaine are still coming to terms with the tragic death of teenager Ryan Nagle, who was laid to rest today (Friday).
The 13-year-old, who was a First Year student in Killorglin Community College, died on Tuesday morning after suffering serious injuries following a fall from a quad bike last week.
Ryan, son of Irene and Brian from Ballygamboon, Castlemaine, was airlifted from the scene to Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
Today his devastated family and hundreds of mourners gathered in Kiltallagh Church for Requiem Mass at 12 noon, followed by burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
This week, Donal O’Reilly, Principal of Killorglin Community College, described Ryan as bubbly and enthusiastic with an entrepreneurial spirit.
“He had loads of interests,” Donal said. “He was very much into cars and the outdoors and played for the First Year basketball team. This is a terrible tragedy for his family, our school and our community. We are deeply saddened by these events. Our sympathy and thoughts are with the Nagle family and friends.”
The school implemented a Critical Incident Management Plan. Psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), South West Counselling Services and Killorglin NYP have been available to students all week and will continue to support and advise staff in their efforts to assist the students at this time, he added.
“We have been in contact with his parents and they have requested that we all acknowledge and understand their need for privacy at this difficult time. Offers of support have been pouring in and are greatly appreciated. The staff will be helping students to deal with the tragic event on returning to school on Monday next. The school has been, and will continue to be, available to parents to support them and to offer them advice and guidance.
“We would ask you to respect the privacy of staff, students and their families at this time.”
Ryan is survived by his loving parents Irene and Brian, brothers Jack and Gearóid, sister Chloe, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbours and many friends.