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Kieran Bowes's courage in face of terminal illness humbles us all

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Published 17/02/2016

Kieran Bowes with Ulster Rugby stars Andrew Trimble and Darren Cave and the hospital staff who looked after him
Kieran Bowes with Ulster Rugby stars Andrew Trimble and Darren Cave and the hospital staff who looked after him
Kieran Bowes’ twin brother Curtis (rear) carries his coffin at the funeral
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Ballymena, UK - February 19, Pictured is the funeral of Kieran Bowes in Ballymena on February 17, 2016 Ballymena, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Ballymena, UK - February 19, Pictured is the funeral of Kieran Bowes in Ballymena on February 17, 2016 Ballymena, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Kieran Bowes (right) and his brother Jarrad
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Ballymena, UK - February 19, Pictured is the funeral of Kieran Bowes in Ballymena on February 17, 2016 Ballymena, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Ballymena, UK - February 19, Pictured is the funeral of Kieran Bowes in Ballymena on February 17, 2016 Ballymena, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Ballymena, UK - February 19, Pictured is the funeral of Kieran Bowes in Ballymena on February 17, 2016 Ballymena, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Ballymena, UK - February 19, Pictured is the funeral of Kieran Bowes in Ballymena on February 17, 2016 Ballymena, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Ballymena, UK - February 19, Pictured is the funeral of Kieran Bowes in Ballymena on February 17, 2016 Ballymena, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Ballymena, UK - February 19, Pictured is the funeral of Kieran Bowes in Ballymena on February 17, 2016 Ballymena, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Ballymena, UK - February 19, Pictured is the funeral of Kieran Bowes in Ballymena on February 17, 2016 Ballymena, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Ballymena, UK - February 19, Pictured is the funeral of Kieran Bowes in Ballymena on February 17, 2016 Ballymena, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Ballymena, UK - February 19, Pictured is the funeral of Kieran Bowes in Ballymena on February 17, 2016 Ballymena, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Ballymena, UK - February 19, Pictured is the funeral of Kieran Bowes in Ballymena on February 17, 2016 Ballymena, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Kieran Bowes’ mother Janet at the funeral
The twins enjoying a night out, with Kieran on the right
Kieran (on the right) with twin brother Curtis
Kieran playing rugby

By all accounts, Kieran Bowes was a remarkable young man. He has died from cancer aged 21, having been diagnosed in 2014 just weeks after starting his second year at university in England. For anyone, that would have been a devastating blow, but even more so for a fit, rugby-playing lad looking forward to all that life could offer.

He showed astonishing courage in facing up to his illness, even after being told that it was terminal. He lived life to the fullest extent he could in his final years, and it is little wonder that his brothers and parents feel pride as well as grievous loss at this time. They will need some of his courage in the days ahead.

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