Kodaline surprise mourners with appearance at fan’s funeral Mass

Members of Kodaline at the funeral of Ciara Lawlor.

Members of the band Kodaline were among the mourners of Kilkenny teenager Ciara Lawlor who died attending their gig in Dublin at the weekend.

The 17-year-old became suddenly ill during the show at Marlay Park on Friday night and passed away later in hospital.

At the end of yesterday’s funeral Mass at St John’s Church in Kilkenny city, the four-piece stunned her family and friends when they were brought out. The Dublin group performed their song ‘Love Will Set You Free’ before conveying their sympathies.

Ciara’s parents, Eimear and John, and her brothers, Jack and Barry, were supported in their grief by girls from Loreto Kilkenny secondary school and members of O’Loughlin Gaels GAA club, who formed a guard of honour as the hearse left the church.

The club recalled the teenager’s character in a statement expressing condolences to the Lawlor family.

“Ciara’s brothers, Jack and Barry, cousin Huw, and many friends all play at the club with Ciara often in support carrying that infectious smile that warmed the hearts of all around her. Rest in Peace Ciara,” O’Loughlin Gaels GAA club said on its Facebook page.

Ciara had a pre-existing medical condition, Kodaline told fans when they issued a statement expressing their devastation about the news at the weekend.

She had been treated by teams at the medical centre at the south Dublin venue when she took ill.

Ciara was later taken to Tallaght Hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

The four members of Kodaline also spoke to mourners after the funeral Mass, which was followed by Ciara’s burial at St Kieran’s Cemetery.


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