Boy, 14, dies during sleepover at friend’s home

A PROMISING GAA player who was just one month short of his 15th birthday has died in tragic circumstances in West Cork.

Jonathan O’Regan, from Glandore Road in Leap, lost his life in the early hours of Wednesday during a sleepover at a friend’s home.

It is understood that Jonathan, who went to school at Mount St Michael’s in nearby Rosscarbery and was on the under-16 panel at Kilmacabea GAA club, collapsed at his friend’s front doorway after earlier saying he was feeling unwell.

An ambulance was called at about 3.20am. When they arrived, a male adult relative at the house where the incident occurred was performing CPR on the boy, at which point the trained paramedics took over.

The teenager was taken to Bantry General Hospital, but despite the efforts of doctors he was pronounced dead a short time later.

It is as yet unclear what caused the schoolboy’s death. However, he did suffer from asthma.

Garda sources said they are “continuing their inquiry and looking into all the potential causes of his death” at this time.

A postmortem by assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster took place yesterday afternoon at Cork University Hospital, but the results have not yet been released.

Investigating gardaí, who are planning to talk with all of those who were at the house when the incident occurred, are also preparing a file for a coroner’s inquest as part of standard procedure.

The 14-year-old is survived by his parents John Regan and Sheila McCarthy, and was the brother of Bryan, Lisa, Darragh, Conor, Caroline, Eli and Nicholas.

A Requiem Mass has been scheduled for tomorrow at 2pm in St Mary’s Parish Church, Leap, Skibbereen, Co Cork.

The funeral will take place immediately afterwards to Kilfachtnabeg Cemetery in Glandore.

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