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Teen who died after house party was due to begin Leaving Cert today

Jamie Woods
Jamie Woods

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who tragically passed away just two days before he was due to begin his Leaving Cert.

Jamie Woods (17) died following a house party in Navan, Co Meath, in the early hours of Monday morning. He was due to sit the first of his Leaving Cert exams this morning.

Deputy Mayor of Meath County Council Wayne Forde described the death as a "terrible tragedy" and extended his condolences to the Woods family.

"The community is in absolute shock over what has happened. Jamie was a young student who had his whole life ahead of him," Mr Forde said.

A family friend described Jamie as an "intelligent" young student. "Jamie was such a good kid, he had his whole life mapped out, he was doing his Leaving this week and then had planned to go to college in Cavan."

Jamie attended a party in the Claremont Estate in Navan on Sunday night before returning to a family member's home.

When he arrived there he complained of feeling ill, before lapsing into unconsciousness in the early hours of Monday.

He was rushed by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, where he died a short time later.

Friends took to social media to pay tribute to the student who was described as having "a heart of gold".

"Can't believe you're gone...it won't be the same without you around," wrote one friend, while another said: "I've never seen the chap without a smile on his face."

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death. However, it is not being treated as suspicious.