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Funeral of teenager who took his own life to take place

Northern IrelandBy Jamie McDowell
Ronan Hughes
Ronan Hughes

The funeral is to take place today of a teen who was tricked into posting photos of himself on social media.

17-year-old Ronan Hughes from Coalisland, County Tyrone, died on Friday.

It is understood that he'd been tricked into posting images on a social media site.

Ronan was a Gaelic player with Clonoe O'Rahilly GAA club and attended St Joseph's Grammar school.

A requiem mass will be held at St Patrick's Church in Clonoe later today. 

Mid-Ulster District police commander Superintendent Mike Baird said: "Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a 17-year-old schoolboy in the Coole Road area of Coalisland on Friday June 5.

“Our enquiries into this tragedy are continuing, however, it is understood the schoolboy took his own life after he had been tricked into posting images on a social networking site.

“Police are continuing to liaise with a number of statutory bodies and community representatives."

The Samaritans provides a support service for those who need to talk to someone. It can be contacted through or on 08457 90 90 90, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

How to stay safe online

• Don’t share personal information or images with people you don’t know;

• Don’t accept friend requests with someone you don’t know;

• Set your privacy settings on all devices;

• Don’t post anything online that you are not happy to be shared;

• If someone has made you feel uncomfortable or you have had disturbing interaction online, tell someone you trust.