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Devastated Family of Limerick man Darren Whelan who died in Greece help raise €50,000 for charity

'Our sad situation today, will unfortunately be some other poor family's situation tomorrow'

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Darren Whelan

Darren Whelan

Darren Whelan

Almost €50,000 has been raised by the family of young Limerick man Darren Whelan for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, which helped bring his body home from Greece where he died last weekend. 

The talented 23-year-old hurler lost his life in a tragic accident on the Greek island of Ios.

Darren, from the parish of Kildimo-Pallaskenry, had studied civil engineering at Limerick Institute of Technology and had travelled to the Greek island with friends to celebrate graduating from college.

He sustained fatal injuries after falling from a height, sometime between last Saturday night and Sunday morning.

A Greek police source said local police were investigating the incident, but were understood to be treating Mr Whelan’s death as “an accident”.

An online fundraiser launched earlier this week by his family, including parents Eddie and Geraldine and his two brothers Gavin and Eamon has seen more than 1,200 donations, totalling more than €47,000.

Its states that the GoFundMe page was set up by the Whelan family “after the tragic loss of our beloved Darren”.

“As many of you will know Darren was holidaying in Greece with friends when he sadly lost his life in an accident,” it reads.

“Darren was a kind, caring, fun-loving young man with the brightest of futures ahead of him. In his short 23 years he touched the lives of everyone he met with his positive energy and friendly nature.

“His sudden passing has devastated his family, friends and local communities.”

It adds: “We are fortunate to have the support of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust at this time.

“They are working tirelessly to bring Darren home to his family and friends. We would be lost without their help, compassion and professionalism at this time.

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“We want to dedicate this GoFundMe page to the memory of Darren, with all proceeds going to this essential charity.

“We, Darren's family, would greatly appreciate any donations you feel you wish to make in Darren's memory.

“Our sad situation today, will unfortunately be some other poor families situation tomorrow and we wish all support to be available to other families in need.”

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