The funeral of Ciara Lawlor took place in Kilkenny today. The 17-year-old girl sadly passed away last weekend, after she collapsed suddenly at the Kodaline gig in Marlay Park.
According to the Irish Independent, Kodaline flew in to sing their hit song High Hopes at Ciara’s funeral, as a final tribute to the teen. Ciara’s Loretto classmates joined in with the band for the emotional performance, reducing most church attendees to tears.
Father Frank Purcell spoke of the sudden loss of Ciara, who suffered from a pre-existing heart condition. He remembered her as a “beautiful girl, inside and out.”
Ciara’s bereft parents described their daughter as a “beautiful, vivacious 17-year-old girl,” who was “full of life, loved music and despite a pre-existing medical condition was active in the local athletics club,” they said.
They continued by saying that, “Ciara was down to earth, a friend to everyone, a real people person. Family meant everything to Ciara.”
Kodaline released a statement when the news broke of Ciara’s death, expressing their shock and deep sadness at her passing. They also took to Twitter to offer their condolences.
Our thoughts are with Ciara’s family and friends at this time. May she rest in peace.