The death of 18-year-old Alex Ryan yesterday sent shockwaves throughout the country as the public comes to terms with the senseless death of a teenage boy who had the world at his feet.

Alex, who was from Millstreet north Cork, was one of six people rushed to hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning following a house party in the city.

The aftermath of the party hit the headlines as a passerby named Gerard Banks told media outlets how he and a friend happened upon the gathering and quickly alerted emergency services to the chaos unfolding within a house on Pouladuff Road.

Describing images which would set fear in the heart of any parent, Gerard explained that the walls of the home were covered in blood while oblivious revellers appeared not to notice a young man – Alex Ryan –  fighting for his life on the floor of the house.

“They didn't know they were covered in blood. They didn't know they were hurt. They didn't know that there was a guy on the ground who looked like he was in cardiac arrest,” recalled Gerard.

It has been established that party-goers had decided to ingest a psychoactive drug known as 2CI – a decision which ultimately cost Alex his life.

Paying tribute to the young man on social media, friends of the 18-year-old wrote: ”The last thing I wanted to hear today! You did not deserve this. I will miss you so much buddy, R.I.P xxx”

Alex, who was a student at Millstreet Community School, passed away on Saturday, with parish priest Fr. John Fitzgerald, saying: “It's very, very sad news. There was a lot of uncertainty in the town last night, people were just waiting to hear.”

Our thoughts go out to Alex’s family who have requested privacy as they come to terms with the loss of their beloved son and brother.