‘An innocent soul, true and kind’

SLAIN teenager Derek Cumiskey’s blessing going to heaven will be his ability to see all Manchester United games without a ticket.

Those were the words with which local parish priest Fr Paul St John ended the funeral Mass of the inner-city Dublin teenager yesterday.

The 18-year-old avid football fan and model student died after an assault while on holidays in Lanzarote a fortnight ago on August 1.

Hundreds of mourners packed the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on City Quay for his funeral.

Friends, locals and former students filled the pews, as his distraught parents Ann and John, his three sisters Karen, Martina and Joanne, and brother John made their way inside the church.

On the teenager’s coffin lay his graduation picture from St Augustine’s special education school, Blackrock, where he finished his Junior Certificate this year.

As parishioners knelt, A Mother’s Prayer by Celine Dion rang out.

Fr Paul St John said: “Thank you Lord for Derek’s presence in the community and the short life he had.

“It’s very hard to know where to begin. I’d love to have quick answers but I don’t have them. It’s a sad day for the community and even more so for your family. The grief is so intense.”

Mourners heard Mr Cumiskey was a happy teenager, graduating top of his class. Not long before he died on the streets of the popular resort of Puerto del Carmen, he had rang home to his parents asking for credit for his mobile phone. He was dead a few hours later.

“Death just came like that. It has no regards for age, it just comes like that,” said the priest.

Fr Paul St John warned about darkness taking hold in lives where people become little gods and think they have a right to take someone’s life.

He said the lost teenager was somewhere happy.

Family and friends offered Prayers for the Faithful, including all those killed by violence.

A schoolmate of Derek Cumiskey’s, Alan Young, 19, was stabbed to death earlier this year in Dublin.

A poem was also read describing how Mr Cumiskey was the perfect son and brother.

“Although you’re out of sight, you’ll never be out of mind. An innocent soul so true so kind.”

Mr Cumiskey was buried in Shanganagh cemetery.

A Spanish man in his 20s was arrested this week on Lanzarote in connection with his death. Police are said to be confident of further arrests.

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