A sense of shock and despair descended on Ballyhooly and surrounds on Wednesday evening, August 2nd last, as the terrible news filtered through that one of their own, 22 year old Philip Leahy who was on a J1 visit to the United States, was in a critical condition when he suffered a cardiac arrest having just been rescued from the ocean in Maryland, USA at approximately 6.30am (US time).

As family, friends and community hoped and prayed, Sunday brought the tragic and heart-rending news of his passing. Philip's funeral will take place in Ballyhooly on Monday. The 22-year-old has been remembered as an outgoing and friendly individual who was highly regarded in his local community.

An online fundraising campaign to pay for Philip’s treatment prior to his death raised more than €94,000 within the space of a few days. Philip was …..

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Eoin Scanlon
Eoin Scanlon works as a reporter in our Fermoy office, based in MacCurtain Street. From Ballyduff in Co Waterford, Eoin was educated locally in St Michael’s National School, Ballyduff and Blackwater Community School, Lismore. He has recently graduated from the University of Limerick with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and New Media. Previously, Eoin wrote for the Munster Express in Waterford City.He can be contacted on 087-3216573 or by email reporter@avondhupress.ie