HEART­BREAK AT LOSS OF FER­GAL

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

THERE IS SAD­NESS in Bray this week at the loss of Fer­gal Keyes (31), who will be laid to rest this morn­ing.

Fer­gal, pic­tured right, passed away on Sun­day at St Vin­cent’s Hospi­tal fol­low­ing a ‘fierce bat­tle’ with cys­tic fi­bro­sis.

The young mu­si­cian was a de­voted vol­un­teer for Lak­ers.

He is pre-de­ceased by his sis­ter Gráinne and brother Dar­rragh.

His fu­neral Mass takes place to­day at 11 a.m. at St Peter’s Church, fol­lowed by burial at Shanganagh Ceme­tery.

LAK­ERS has led trib­utes to the late Fer­gal Keyes, who died on Sun­day fol­low­ing a ‘fierce bat­tle’ with cys­tic fi­bro­sis.

Corke Abbey man Fer­gal was just 31 years old and pre­de­ceased by his sis­ter Gráinne and brother Dar­ragh, both of whom also had CF.

He is sur­vived by his heart­bro­ken par­ents Kath­leen and Ai­dan, his part­ner Becky, and all of his fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

Fer­gal had vol­un­teered in re­cent years for Lak­ers, a club for adults and chil­dren with an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity.

The young mu­si­cian was par­tic­u­larly in­volved with lead­ing a weekly mu­sic class, and help­ing to pro­duce the club’s an­nual show in the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre. He was also one of the ded­i­cated sum­mer camp team and did much, much more be­sides.

‘He was a re­ally great vol­un­teer,’ said a spokesper­son for Lak­ers. She said that ev­ery­one linked to the or­gan­i­sa­tion is dev­as­tated to learn of his pass­ing.

They said that Fer­gal was a won­der­ful, fun, kind and car­ing young man. He al­ways had a smile on his face and was a great sup­port to the mem­bers who adored him.

‘He gave so much of his time and was re­ally well liked, he was won­der­ful at bring­ing peo­ple out of their shell,’ said the spokesper­son. She said that he will be greatly missed by the en­tire Lak­ers com­mu­nity.

Fer­gal was a grad­u­ate of DIT, and was a keen gui­tarist and singer.

His fu­neral Mass will take place this morn­ing ( Wed­nes­day), at 11 a.m. in St Peter’s Church, Lit­tle Bray, fol­lowed by burial at Shanganagh ceme­tery.

Fer­gal’s fam­ily have re­quested that do­na­tions, if de­sired, be made to Lak­ers, in lieu of flow­ers, ei­ther at the church or on­line at lak­ers.ie.

The late Fer­gal Keyes.

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