Large crowds expected to mourn UCC student

THE college student whose body was found in Cork on Tuesday, five days after he went missing, will be buried tomorrow.

Large crowds are expected to attend a rosary for Caolan Mulrooney, 18, at St Patrick’s Church in Rochestown tonight, where his remains will lie in repose from 5.30pm to 9pm.

Requiem Mass will be celebrated at noon tomorrow, with burial afterwards at St John’s Cemetery in Ballinrea.

Mourners will be led by his devastated parents, Eugene and Margaret, and their children, Odhrán, Éanna, Muiréad and Seosaí.

They will be supported by what his family have described as his “wide circle of magical friends”.

The family has also asked that donations, if desired, are made to St Vincent de Paul.

Gardaí have ruled out foul play after a postmortem examination was conducted yesterday on the body of the first year UCC engineering student from Rochestown.

He was found dead in a yard off Douglas St on Tuesday after a huge city-wide search.

Caolan left Cubin’s Nightclub shortly after 1am last Friday and was last captured by CCTV cameras on Dean Street, off Barrack Street, at 1.20am.

Caolan’s disappearance prompted one of the largest co-ordinated searches ever to take place in Cork city, involving gardaí, the Coastguard, navy divers, river rescue teams along with hundreds of Caolan’s friends and student colleagues.

His body was found just before 10am on Tuesday lying at the base of a 30-foot high wall in the yard off Douglas Street.

It is believed he walked along Quaker Road, and tried to take a short cut to Douglas St along the East View Terrace cul-de-sac where his path was blocked by a six-foot high wall.

It appears that he climbed it, unaware that there was a 30-feet drop on the other side.

Flags flew at half mast at University College Cork yesterday as a mark of respect.

Caolan was a past pupil of the Christian Brothers College and a member of Douglas GAA club.

A talented sportsman, he played hurling, rugby and Gaelic football.

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