Fun-loving Phoebe Prince remembered by Irish and U.S. friends
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A portrait of a fun loving and popular young girl drawn from comments by friends both here in America and back in Ireland has emerged about Phoebe Prince, the tragic young Irish girl who was bullied to death.
Locals in Fanore a small village in West Clare, who remember her fondly are happy justice is now being served as news crosses the Atlantic this week that nine teenagers were charged in connection with the suicide of the local Irish girl .
Pat O’Donoghue, proprietor of O’Donoghue’s Bar in the small seaside town told Irishcentral.com on Tuesday the village welcomed the news that the teenagers in South Hadley, Massachusetts involved in bullying Phoebe before she took her own life will be held accountable.
“We are happy with the news. It’s tough with kids at that age and it certainly doesn’t bring poor Phoebe back but at least some justice is being done,” said O’Donoghue.”
Phoebe moved from England to Fanore when she was two with her British father, Jeremy Prince, and her American mother, Annie O’Brien Prince, her sisters Lauren, Tessa and Bridget, and brother Simon.
“They lived here for a number of years. What can I say?” asked O’Donoghue. “It’s just so sad.”
Jeremy moved the family to Ireland to set up a blueberry farm in Fanore, and shortly after Annie got a job teaching in Lisdoonvarna.
“They are the nicest family. They contributed to society and always had a good word to say,” said O’Donoghue. “They were often down in the pub here with us and fitted right in.”
Phoebe’s older sister, Tessa worked in O’Donoghue’s for many years helping out.
“Tessa is a wonderful girl and was always very pleasant when she worked here,” said O’Donoghue.
“When we heard the news over here about what happened in January we were shocked. The whole community is still very shaken up over it, and I don’t just mean us here in Fanore. The people of Lisdoonvarna and Doolin too because we are all very close (in proximity).”
O’Donoghue said the Prince family are all in the U.S. trying to come to terms with what happened to Phoebe.
Meanwhile back in the U.S. class mates of Phoebe remember her fondly "She was so outgoing and she just kind of drew you in," South Hadley High School freshman Meghan Kennedy, told the Daily Hampshire Gazette. "The second you met her you wanted to know everything about her. She could have this life conversation with you like you knew her. It was really nice to meet her."
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