Ciara Lawlor was just 17 when she collapsed and tragically passed away at Kodaline’s Marlay Park gig last Friday night.


It is understood the youngster from Kilkenny had a pre-existing condition and had been attending the event with a relative when she became ill.


Ciara’s funeral took place earlier today, and was attended by Kodaline who flew in from the UK to pay their respects.


According to Fr Frank Purcell who conducted the service at St John’s Church, the band from Swords sang Love Will Set You Free and High Hopes to Ciara’s family and friends.



In his eulogy, Fr Purcell described the teen as a “beautiful girl, inside and out”, whose death had sent shock-waves across the community.


Upon hearing the news of Ciara’s death, Kodaline released a statement sending their condolences to the Lawlor family.



"We are so saddened to say that during our concert at Marlay Park, a 17-year-old girl with a pre-existing medical condition suddenly became ill," they said. 


"The on-site medical team immediately treated the girl who was transferred directly to hospital by an on-site ambulance.


"We were shocked and devastated to be informed yesterday that despite the best efforts of all medical teams, she passed away in hospital.


"Our immediate thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased. We wish to extend our condolences on behalf of us and all of our crew."



Talking to the Irish Independent, Ciara’s parents John and Eimear spoke of her love of life and her love of music.  


"Ciara was a beautiful, vivacious 17-year-old girl," they said. "She was full of life, loved music and despite a pre-existing medical condition was active in the local athletics club."


"Ciara was down to earth, a friend to everyone, a real people person. Family meant everything to Ciara."


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