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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