‘Quiet corner of heaven got livelier’

Just a day after she should have been celebrating her 19th birthday, Dublin teenager Ana Hick, who died after taking esctasy, was laid to rest following a packed funeral Mass.

‘Quiet corner of heaven got livelier’

During an emotional ceremony, the young woman’s mother Elga described how, when her daughter walked into a room, “you knew she was there, with her big eyes, her big smile, her hands in the air”.

The funeral was held at the Church of the Assumption in Dalkey yesterday morning, followed by burial at Shanganagh Cemetery. It came as forensic analysis of ecstasy tablets, similar to the ones believed to have been taken by the 18-year-old, show they contain MDMA, and not a rogue contaminant.

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Elga Hick told mourners that her daughter was “larger than life” and came smashing into her life and that of her father, Tim, “like a comet”.

She described herself and her daughter as being like “salt and pepper”, they got on so well together, and said they used to sing and record videos while in the car.

“I have those memories to last me a lifetime now,” she said. “She was beautiful and I loved her so much.”

Bonnie and Lottie Ryan, daughters of the late broadcaster Gerry

Ryan, at the funeral of Ana Hick.

Will Flanagan, who is chaplain at Ana’s former school Loreto Abbey, said she had met with Ana’s friends Eve and Saoirse earlier in the day.

“We all decided that there’s a quiet corner in heaven that’s suddenly become a lot more lively in the last few days with the advent of Ana’s arrival,” he said.

Gardaí suspect the talent acting student swallowed two ecstasy tablets at a city-centre nightclub last Saturday.

Rex Ryan, son of the late Gerry Ryan, at the Church of the Assumption, Dalkey for the funeral of Ana Hick who died last weekend after taking an ecstasy pill.

She suffered respiratory failure and cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead on Sunday. From interviews with friends, who were with her on the night, gardaí believe she took a pill called Blue Ghost and a pill called Green Grenade or Handgrenade. Sources said the Green Grenade generally has a relatively high dose of MDMA.

Detectives have sourced samples of both pills and sent them to the Forensic Science Laboratory for chemical tests.

The Irish Examiner understands these tests have confirmed the tablets contained MDMA, pure ecstasy, and not other dangerous amphetamines, such as PMMA/PMA, which caused a number of deaths last year and were sold as ecstasy.

Gardaí suspect that Ms Hick may have had a fatal reaction to the high quantity of ecstasy she took.

Sources said this could be affected by other factors: including consumption of alcohol, any underlying medical conditions and any medication she may have been taking.

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