Shock as Balbriggan teen dies after freak accident

by Sylvia Pownall
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Tributes have been paid to a Balbriggan teenager who died in a freak accident just days after Christmas.

Jack Kevitt (17) was remembered at his funeral as someone who “lived life to the full, bringing joy, fun and craic to his family and large circle of friends”.

The popular teenager died after falling from the roof of a building on Thursday, December 27 when a stunt with pals went horrifically wrong.

Jack was a talented footballer, musician and writer and during Transition Year he co-wrote the school musical at Balbriggan Community College.

Mourners at his funeral mass in St Peter and Paul’s Church on Wednesday were told it was “hard to fathom” what his grieving parents Sue and Sid are going through on the loss of their only son.

Jack, from Ashfield Rise in Balbriggan, died from injuries sustained when he fell from the roof of a building on Church Street. It is believed he was taking part in a Parkour stunt with friends.

The discipline, similar to free running, is developed from military obstacle course training and involves jumping and scaling urban buildings against the clock.

A garda spokesman said: “Gardai in Balbriggan are investigating after a 17-year-old boy fell from the roof of a building on Church Street in Balbriggan on Thursday night.

“He was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The incident is being treated as an accident.”

In May 2018, Jack was singled out for praise during his school’s annual awards for co-writing the school play, entitled, Balbriggan – The Musical, with fellow student Cian Mooney.

The pair were rewarded “for their unbelievable writing, acting and directorial skills in the Transition Year production … A very bright future for these two boys.”

Jack was also a member of Naul-based GAA club Clann Mhuire CLG. In a Facebook post the club said: “It is with great sadness and shock that we have learnt of the sudden death of juvenile member Jack Kevitt.

“Jack has been a member of Clann Mhuire from a very young age. We extend our deepest sympathies to his parents, extended family and friends.”

Devastated pals held a candle-lit vigil for Jack in the days after his death and friends Lorcan, Sean, Mark and Noah brought symbols of his life to the altar at his packed funeral.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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