UPDATE

Daryl Dargan fund edges closer to target

Lynda Kiernan

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Fund to bring home the body of Portlaoise man Daryl Dargan nears €9,000

The late Daryl Dargan

Tremendous response to fundraising campaign to bring late Portlaoise man home from Portugal

The huge response to the fundraising campaign to bring the body of the late Daryl Dargan home from Portugal has now reached €12,879. This has come from 402 people over the course of two days.

€15,000 is the GoFundMe target on 'Bring Daryl Home.'

The 30-year old Portlaoise man died suddenly while on holiday in Portugal earlier this week.

He had been in Algarve to attend a stag party. His body is understood to have been found by his friends in an apartment at the Alto do Moinho apartments in Albufeira on Monday.

Local police in Faro are investigating the matter. To date, no cause yet been given for his death. An autopsy is due to take place in Faro.

Countless message of sympathy have been posted by donators to his bereaved family, father Billy, mother Eileen, brothers Stuart and Lee, and sister Jade.

Several recall Daryl as a talented young soccer player for Portlaoise.

"Got to know brilliant Daryl from playing soccer for Portlaoise as a teenager. A fab teammate & an even better soul. Love to the great sportsman & you/his family & friends," said one donor.

"Enjoyed many years in school and playing football with Daryl. He will be sadly missed. RIP," said another.

"Rest in peace Daryl. Gone too soon, may u get the best bed in heaven xx," another wrote.

His brother Lee thanked the community for their support.

"Just want to thank anybody who has donated so much and the support is unreal. Thank again. Every penny counts to getting Daryl home to us," he said.

Stuart wrote a heartbroken message on his social media page.

"R.I.P brother never thought of the day I'd be doing this.. you were my best friend.. we were so close we laughed about everything ," he wrote.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is understood to be providing consular assistance to the family.

Tributes have been pouring in on Facebook: