Tributes paid to Tipperary teenager Jack Downey who died today after taking a substance at Cork's Indiependence festival

Tributes paid to Tipperary teenager Jack Downey who died today after taking a substance at Cork's Indiependence festival
Clonmel teenager Jack Downey (19) who was hospitalised at Cork University Hospital (CUH) after taking a substance at a Cork music festival and has since died. Pic: Clonmel Og GAA Facebook Page.

Tributes have been paid to the teenager who died in Cork University Hospital (CUH) after taking a substance at a Cork music festival.

Jack Downey (19) was believed to have taken a substance while attending the Indiependence Festival in Mitchelstown on Friday.

The Clonmel native was treated on site and was rushed to CUH in a critical condition.

However, yesterday afternoon, Mr Downey passed away surrounded by his family.

A mass was held in Clonmel yesterday in a show of support for the Downey family.

Local councillor and Mayor of Clonmel Borough District Garret Ahearn (FG) paid tribute to the Clonmel teenager.

“It’s a huge tragedy for the family, his parents Johnny and Elaine, and the entire community in Clonmel,” he said.

“When someone so young passes it’s a real shock for the community and a tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with Jack’s family at this very difficult time.” 

Cllr Ahearn added that Jack was a big part of the local GAA club Clonmel Og and a huge part of the community.

In a statement released on Facebook, the club said: “Our worst fears were realised this afternoon with the news that Jack Downey passed away in the company of his parents.

“We are devastated and will have more to say in time.” The club and community decided on Sunday to organise a mass for Jack at the local clubhouse.

“At a time like this, we need to be strong and there for each other.” 

Cllr Ahearn said the mass was organised to show the community’s support for Jack and his family.

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