Profound grief over the tragic death of a popular teenager a day before he was due to sit his Junior Certificate has devastated the close knit communities of Newcastle, Fourmilewater and Ballinamult.
Sixteen year old Fergus Condon, from Croughclooney, Ballinamult, County Tipperary, close to the Waterford border, died after he fell off his quad bike on Tuesday of last week.
He was fighting for his life in a Cork hospital on the Wednesday he was due to sit his Junior Certificate at Dungarvan CBS but he lost his battle to survive and his funeral took place over the weekend with his funeral mass on Sunday at Fourmilewater church.
His mother Eileen, an Adult Education Officer with the VEC in Clonmel, paid an emotional and powerful tribute to Fergus at the funeral mass. She said the biggest wish of her son would have been to see all of his friends do well in the Junior Cert examination. She thanked the communities for their fantastic support during the family’s bereavement.
Fergus is a son of Joe, a farmer and businessman who set up the Omega Beef Direct company, and has an older brother and sister, Will and Emma. Will, who lives in Australia, had returned home last month for his sister’s 21st birthday celebration, and had to come home again on this occasion to attend the funeral of his younger brother. At the burial Will performed a moving rendition of the ‘Rocks of Bawn’
Fergus was a big supporter of Tipperary GAA and played GAA for the Nire and Fourmilewater and also had a great interest in farming.
His classmates at Dungarvan CBS and his friends he played sport with formed a guard of honour during the funeral ceremonies.
“He was a fine big strong lad, a friend of young and old. This was an unbelievably devastating blow to so many communities,” said Deputy Mattie McGrath.
“They’re a very well-known, industrious family, it’s just terrible what has happened this family,”added Deputy McGrath.
Fergus was found injured on the road by a local farmer between Ballinamult and Newcastle at about 3pm on Tuesday of last week after being involved in the accident.
There were no reported eye-witnesses to the accident and anyone with information has been asked to contact gardaí.
Gardaí from Dungarvan and Cahir were on the scene shortly after the accident.