The sad death of a young man from Crettyard this week has left his family and friends reeling with grief and shock.
Shane Brophy died after the Swedish House Mafia concert in the Phoenix Park at the weekend – an event marred by tragedy and violence. The 21-year-old collapsed around five hours hours after the concert at a friend’s house in Lucan. His friends phoned the ambulance, and he was rushed to Blanchardstown Hospital.
However, doctors were unable to revive him. His parents, who were holidaying in Spain at the time, rushed home when they heard the news.
The cause of his death is still being investigated, with toxicology tests being carried out to see if drugs were involved. His body was returned to the family home yesterday following a post-mortem examination.
Shane had three sisters Linda, Sarah, Rebecca and four brothers Liam, Adrian, George and Ronan. His older brother Ronan, who had rushed to be at his stricken brother’s bedside, said that Shane had always been “the life and soul of the party”. He described his mother Carmel as too upset to speak.
“She is absolutely devastated,” he said.
“She’s crushed. He was just the baby of the family and now he’s gone.”
Shane had been in America for the past fortnight, only returning to Ireland last Monday. The night of the concert, he was due to fly out to Spain to join his parents for his mother’s 60th birthday.
However, he lost his passport, and – having missed the flight – decided to attend the concert instead.
Shane was waked at the family home yesterday evening. The funeral mass takes place this morning (Wednesday) at St Abban’s church in Doonane.