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'Untimely passing' Funeral for Daragh Lee hears of 'fine young man’ with passion for football

Daragh brought a lot of fun into people’s lives - and we’ll remember that, we’ll treasure that as we remember him as well”

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Daragh Lee (19)

Daragh Lee (19)

Daragh Lee (19)

Mourners at the funeral of Daragh Lee who died in a tragic accident in Laois heard that he was a “fine young man” with a passion for football.

The 19-year-old died on Saturday November 20th following a fatal crash involving a van.

He was rushed to Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise where he died from his injuries.

“ ‘Daragh was a fine young man’, somebody said on RIP, and how true that is, and how true all of you know that is as well,” the parish priest said at his funeral mass.

Symbols of the young man’s life, including a photograph of Daragh wearing a Shamrock Rovers jersey, as well as the beloved football shirt, were brought to the altar.

“Daragh had a great passion for football, and for [Shamrock] Rovers and [Manchester] United, and it’s lovely to represent that here this morning,” the congregation heard.

Mourners also brought up his XBox controller and a Joker playing card.

“Daragh brought a lot of fun into people’s lives - and we’ll remember that, we’ll treasure that as we remember him as well.”

Daragh, who was originally from Crumlin in Dublin but lived in Mountmellick in Loais, attended Tallaght Stadium, along with dad Mark, to see his favourite Irish team, Shamrock Rovers, lift the League of Ireland cup the night before his untimely death.

The father and son watched The Hoops in a 2-1 win over Drogheda United.

His heartbroken father paid tribute to him online on Saturday night.

“Early this morning my world changed forever, my son, Daragh, 19yo, was tragically taken from us, he lit up a room with his smile and I could not have been prouder of him. Taken from me but never forgotten.”

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Daragh’s former football club Mountmellick United said that they were saddened by his untimely passing before holding a minute’s silence during their senior game in Birr on Saturday morning.

“Like everyone else who knew Daragh, we’re still finding it hard to take in the tragic news of his untimely passing,” they shared on social media.

“A soccer fanatic, Daragh represented us with pride and distinction for many years and is fondly remembered by the club as someone who always gave his all but more importantly was a super teammate and role model.”

“His dad Mark is a frequent presence in Conor Davis Park and to Mark and all Daragh’s family and friends we extend our most heartfelt sympathy.”

“As a mark of respect, all of our senior men's and ladies fixtures on [Sunday November 21st] will commence with a minute's silence for Daragh. May he rest in peace.”

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