Crettyard rally around devastated Brophy family

the tragic death of Shane Brophy, 21, has shocked the community of The Swan, Doonane and Crettyard, and left his family devastated.

the tragic death of Shane Brophy, 21, has shocked the community of The Swan, Doonane and Crettyard, and left his family devastated.

This morning (Wednesday) the youngest of Liam and Carmel Brophy’s eight children will be laid to rest at Doonane cemetery, following his wake at the family home yesterday afternoon.

Shane fell ill hours after attending the Swedish House Mafia concert in the Phoenix Park last Saturday July 6, and was rushed to hospital in Beaumont where he passed away. A post mortem was carried out but results are not yet released.

His family are reeling in shock at the death of what they describe as “the baby of the family”, but have thanked their friends and neighbours for their kind support.

“We would like to thank the extended community for their help and support at this difficult time. Everyone is rallying around us, the tributes to Shane on facebook tell a story,” one of his brothers told the Leinster Express.

He describes Shane as being full of life and up for adventure.

“He was very independent and outgoing, in many ways though he looked out for us. He was a talented fisher and hunter, he loved music and fashion, he was known for his dry wit, he had a great way with words,” he said.

A past pupil of The Swan NS and Scoil Eoin Athy, Shane had spent the last two months working as a carpenter in New York. He came home last Sunday week to join his family on a Spanish holiday, but in a fateful twist, he lost his passport after arriving home, and couldn’t go with them.

“He went to the concert with a couple of close friends. We heard during Saturday night that he had taken a turn. We got back the next morning, Thompsons to be fair got us an earlier flight,” his brother said.

The Brophy family are well known and respected in the community, through business, sport and the youth club. Cllr Ben Brennan paid them tribute.

“They are an honest decent family, very hard working, his parents are absolutely brilliant. The community is absolutely shocked and dumbstruck. It is so tragic for such a young person, we have been hit so hard with young deaths in Crettyard. Everyone is rallying around to support the family now, it will be a massive funeral,” he said.

Shane is survived by his sisters Linda, Sarah and Rebecca, brothers Liam, Adrian, George and Ronan, parents Liam and Carmel and a large extended family.