Irish community in mourning following death of teen on Lanzarote holiday
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Irish community in mourning following death of teen on Lanzarote holiday

A MEATH community has been rocked by the tragic passing of a 15-year-old boy who died while on holiday in Lanzarote.

Figures from across Navan took to the press and social media to pay tribute to avid sportsman Mikey Leddy, who died after falling from a wall in a freak accident in the Spanish resort.

Leddy was staying in the Puerto del Carmen resort with his family when the incident occurred in the early hours of Monday morning.

The teenager suffered a serious head injury after falling 15 feet from the top of a wall.

Though he was revived following a cardiac arrest and later taken to hospital, he sadly passed away yesterday, Tuesday August 6.

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Speaking to Breaking News’ Louise Walsh, local Fianna Fáil Cllr Tommy Reilly expressed his deepest sympathies at Leddy’s passing.

"It's a terrible tragedy to happen to a well-known Navan family and my heart goes out to his siblings, Mikey's dad Damien and his mum Aisling who is part of the Kelly family from Slane,” he said.

"Mikey was a very popular young man who had a huge circle of friends and a was great footballer with the O'Mahony's GAA Club.

"Two families, relatives and friends are heartbroken tonight."

An avid GAA player and soccer star, Johnstown Football Club also paid tribute to the teen.

https://www.facebook.com/JohnstownFootballClub/posts/2401406699928119

They said: "It is with great sadness our own Mikey Leddy has passed away this afternoon, the tragic event that has happened in the last 48 hours has shocked us all.

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"We would ask that everyone remembers Mikey for the champion he was and his fighting spirit. He will be with us in our minds and spirit forever."

Their sentiments were echoed by GAA club Navan O'Mahony's who took to social media to express their “profound sadness and shock” at Leddy’s passing.

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Leddy family and Mikey's many friends and teammates,” they said.

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Their sadness was shared by those close to the family and the club who shared their thoughts on Facebook following the sad news.

"Navan has lost a shinning star," one follower wrote.

"Thoughts are with Ashling, Damien and the rest of the Leddy family."

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"God bless the Leddy family and your wider community, may Mikey rest in peace," another said. "Such a tragedy."

"Such an awful tragedy," a third said. "Rest in peace young man. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends."