A SHOCKED community has paid tribute and a sad farewell to 15-year-old Finglas native Sean Hughes, who passed away after being admitted to Temple Street Children’s Hospital with a severe cough and flu-like symptoms.
Sean, a popular budding rapper known locally as ‘Lil’ Red’, passed away on January 12 at the hospital after suffering with illness for less than a week.
He was sent home from his local GP with antibiotics for a chest infection and a bad cough, but his condition continued to worsen.
He is survived by his parents Karen and Joe, and his sister Zoe.
In an interview with The Irish Independent, Karen said she was “overwhelmed” by the support from Sean’s friends.
She said: “He was only 15 but he was wise beyond his years. He had so much love and respect for everyone.
“We always knew that Sean was popular, but it was so unbelievable to see hundreds of his friends lined up to see him over the weekend.
“Sean’s friends were as important to him as his family, and it is so lovely that they are all coming out to pay tribute to him.”
The teenager was a popular member of the community, with many people taking to social media to voice how he would be missed.
In one post, local Fiona Hanna wrote: “My mum was telling me how she brought him across the road as lollipop lady at St Joseph’s National School.
“When she was having a bad morning, especially after my father passed away, Sean would always make her day with his beautiful smile and small talk. I want to thank him for making my mammy feel better during her bad days.”
Locals also posted their condolences on the I Love Finglas Facebook page, which posted a tribute to ‘Lil’ Red’, saying Finglas had “lost a legend”.
Fingal Festival organisers posted a tribute on social media, saying: “Sean performed for us at the Finglas Festival and impressed us all with his talent. Sean’s passing is a sad loss to the Finglas community.”
Sean was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery on Tuesday following his Funeral Mass at St Canice’s Church, Finglas.