Touching tributes to late teen Patrick Halpin

“Your song has ended, but the melody lingers on” — the touching Twitter tribute posted by Regina Ní hAilpín just hours after her brother’s body was found in London’s Leicester Square on Thursday evening.

Galway teenager Patrick Halpin had been missing since he left a nightclub near the square in the early hours of Wednesday morning to get some food.

British police say that after he left the club, he was captured on CCTV entering a nearby Burger King.

A police spokesman said: “At this early stage officers believe he may have gained access to the roof of the restaurant before being discovered on a lower, usually inaccessible, roof area.”

He said while the body had not been formally identified, police believed it was the 18-year-old Loughrea native. He said that while the incident is not being treated as suspicious, “officers retain an open mind”.

An autopsy is due to take place next week.

Patrick, a first-year actuarial maths student at Dublin City University, had been in London with members of the college’s drama society.

His sister Regina issued a statement on behalf of the family in which she thanked her local community, as well as the many thousands of people who either appealed for information via social media or searched in person in London. She also thanked the British police.

A touching tribute was also left on the Facebook page of an Irish woman who had coordinated searches.

“A light has gone out in the world,” Máirín Hayes wrote. “Thank you all for your hard work and support in finding Patrick, it has meant the world to his family both here and at home.”

Pat Donoghue, manager of Patrick’s hurling team, Kilnadeema-Leitrim insisted he will be the 16th man when they take on Kilkenny’s Rower-Inistioge today in the All Ireland Intermediate Final in Croke Park.

Patrick had completed his Leaving Certificate last June at St Brigid’s Vocational School in Loughrea.

Principal Seán Connolly revealed Patrick was to be presented with a scholarship later this month by DCU.


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