A heartbreaking tribute by a Donegal GAA club is to be the centerpiece of a funeral service for a young man who died after taking a legal high.
Jimmy Guichard died after suffering a heart attack and severe brain damage within hours of taking the substance.
Jimmy, 20, was a fine hurler who played with St Eunan’s in Letterkenny before moving to London recently to look after his dad Martin who is suffering from cancer.
Jimmy’s heartbroken mum Karen contacted St Eunan’s to ask them to write a piece in honour of Jimmy at his funeral service which takes place next Monday.
Karen told Donegal Daily: “St Eunan’s have been so good to us and the piece they wrote about Jimmy is just amazing.
“We will read it out at his funeral because it just sums Jimmy up so well. We will be forever grateful to them.”
Karen also revealed she plans to ask the Letterkenny club to ask them if she can scatter some of his ashes around the ground where he spent so many happy times.
Jimmy’s dad Martin will have a locket containing some of his ashes while the rest will be brought back to Ireland.
Karen revealed “Jimmy came to Ireland in 2005 and he made his home here and he just loved everything about Ireland but especially hurling.
“I have asked the St Eunan’s Club if they will allow me to scatter some of his ashes and they have said they will.”
Karen said Jimmy’s death has not completely hit her yet but she thinks it will when she returns home with Jimmy’s ashes next Wednesday.
“I am just trying to get on with it now for his two sisters and his friends.
“I think it will only sink in when I bring Jimmy’s remains to Donegal. He will finally be in the place he always felt at home.
“He may have been born in London but Donegal is where he called home. When we get his remains back to Donegal his soul can finally rest in peace,” she said.