Shamrock Rovers fan Alex was loved by all his family

By Maurice Garvey

THE teenager who tragically died on Wednesday night has been named as Alex Ryan (15), from Tallaght.

The Echo understands a woman out walking on Wednesday, found the unresponsive body of young Alex in a Ballycullen field.

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Alex Ryan who tragically passed away

Emergency services were called and the boy was taken by ambulance to the Children’s Hospital Crumlin, but sadly he passed away.

Cllr Dermot Richardson (SF) released a message on behalf of Alex’s family, which confirmed a vigil will take place later today at 6pm at Alex’s home in Tallaght.

The heartfelt message states: “Alex was a normal happy 15-year-old child loved by all his family. He loved Shamrock Rovers and Man United. He was a season ticket holder for Rovers and loved attending the matches home and away.”

“Alex’s Mam and Dad are appealing for information to the circumstances of his death. Please get in touch if you have information.

“A vigil will be held at 6pm tonight at Alex’s home where green and red balloons will be released for his favourite teams in Alex’s memory. Please respect the family’s privacy.”

Such was Alex’s standing with Shamrock Rovers, that his favourite player Aaron McEneff posted a social media message, sending his condolences to the family.

In a touching video, McEneff said he heard of the “sad news” this morning.

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Shamrock Rovers player Aaron McEneff

“I know Alex was a die hard supporter of the club. As a player from the club I would just like to pass out my condolences to all Alex’s family and his friends,” said Hoops midfielder McEneff.

“It is a very sad time and actually heart-breaking that someone is taken so young. I just want to let everyone know that my thoughts and prayers are with Alex’s family and all the Shamrock Rovers fans that knew him. Rest easy Alex and keep looking over us.”

A Garda spokesperson said: “Garda responded to reports of a male youth found unresponsive in the Ballycullen area, on May 20 at approximately 11pm.

“Gardai and emergency services attended the scene. The male youth was taken to The Children’s Hospital, Crumlin by ambulance where he later passed away.

“A post-mortem is due to take place, the results of which will determine the course of the investigation. The local coroner has been notified.”

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