Grieving family and friends paid their final respects to Jack Walsh today.
The 19-year-old fell to his death from a balcony in Spain two weeks ago.
The Limerick native fell a distance of 39 feet from an apartment in Santa Ponsa where he was holidaying with friends.
He had only been in Spain for a mere few hours before the horrific tragedy occurred - weeks previous he had sat his Leaving Certificate examinations.
Walsh had been on life support until June 14th, with his adoring parents Tony and Sandra and triplet sisters by his side.
The teenager was laid to rest at Reilig Mhuire cemetery after the funeral Mass at St Mary’s church in his hometown, Askeaton, today.
One of his triplet sisters, Tara, led tributes at the emotional mass while his other sister Orla sang a song.
“We grew up believing that we would live forever. You deserved to live that long, but life is unfair. This isn’t just a sad story, it’s an absolute tragedy. But I hope I don’t embarrass you too much, Jack. I can almost picture him now cringing. I promise I will try not to cry,” Tara said.
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“Jack acted as if he was five years older than myself and Orla. In reality, he was just four minutes. He was so protective. At times, you could say, a bit overprotective. But looking back, he was just looking out for us. If we were in trouble, or just a tiny bit upset, Jack would make it his business to see us smile again. He wasn’t the biggest lad, but would stand up to anyone who messed with his sisters."
During the mass, items emblematic of the youngster's life were presented at the altar - including a pair of earphones representing his “healthy addiction to music” and a hurley symbolic of his sportsmanship.
According to the Limerick Leader, a pair of glasses were also placed on the altar. Walsh had been affectionately nicknamed 'Specs' by close friends and those in his large social circle.
A hammer was also presented, representing the “promising future he had carved for himself”, as he had started a job at the Aughinish Alumina plant earlier this year.