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Belfast dad pens poignant play for tragic son, who took his own life

Father of 11-year-old calls for more action to tackle the 'epidemic' of suicide among young people in Northern Ireland

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Strong words: Michael Draine

Strong words: Michael Draine

Michael's late son Cillian

Michael's late son Cillian

Strong words: Michael Draine

A Belfast man whose 11-year-old son took his own life nine months ago has written a powerful play about his suicide.

The heartbroken dad has also called for more help from the government to tackle the "epidemic" of similar tragedies, especially among young people in Northern Ireland.

Michael Draine's son Cillian, who was a talented boxer, was found dead in his north Belfast home only hours after telling his father: "I love you, dad" at the end of a New Year's Day outing.