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