Tragic half-marathon runner who ‘lived life to the full’ laid to rest
John McHugh, the young runner who passed away during a half-marathon last Saturday, was laid to rest yesterday – and was remembered as a “man who ran into the arms of God” while living his life to the full.
The runner and ex-Belevedere College pupil suffered a cardiac event close to the finish line in the Phoenix Park on Saturday morning – a day before he was due to celebrate his 24th birthday.
The service took place at Our Lady Mother of the Church in Castleknock in front of a packed congregation of mourners
His girlfriend Elaine read from his personal journal, giving an insight into a man who was desperate to live his life to the fullest and not waste a single day.
And his brother Conor also spoke about his beloved sibling’s many talents, saying he was: "Our musician, creative thinker, leader, philanthropist, ideator, pun wizard, our artist, worker, explorer, our supporter, believer, inspirer. Our little buddy John Oliver McHugh. If not now - when, if not me - who?" he said.
Strains of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young sounded as his remains were carried from the church before being brought to Mount Venus Cemetery.
Belvedere College Union paid tribute to the 23-year-old, describing John as "someone that was taken from all of us too quick but those of us lucky enough to know him can consider ourselves truly privileged”.
John McHugh RIP