Belfast Telegraph

Funeral for teen Conor Robb who died on Christmas Eve

By Mark Edwards

The funeral of a Co Down teenager who died at his family home on Christmas Eve will take place today.

Conor Robb (16), from Castlewellan, will be laid to rest following a service at St Patrick's and St Joseph's Church in Ballykinler.

Police investigating his sudden death arrested an 18-year-old man afterwards.

However, after a post-mortem examination was carried out, the PSNI said his death was no longer being treated as suspicious.

Detectives have now dropped their investigation and the 18-year-old has been released without charge.

Castlewellan priest Father Denis McKinley said he was called to Conor's home on Christmas Eve night and saw his body.

"It is just devastating," he said. "It's tragic for this to happen to a 16-year-old.

"Needless to say the family are devastated by it all.

"They are walking around as if they are automatons, everything is happening but they don't know how it is happening or why.

"It's so sad and tragic altogether.

"There is no good time for a death, but Christmas time will never be the same again for the Robb family."

Fr McKinley said Mr Robb's body had been returned to the family home on Wednesday evening.

The funeral cortege will depart from his home on the Newcastle Road, Castlewellan, at 10.15am today for 11am Requiem Mass in St Patrick and St Joseph's.

He will be laid to rest afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Conor was a former pupil of St Malachy's High School in the town, where he played Gaelic football for Aughlisnafin GAC.

The club paid tribute to him on its Facebook page, saying: "The Executive Committee and members of Aughlisnafin GAC deeply regret the untimely death of our underage player and member Conor Robb.

"We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends at this extremely difficult time."

He is survived by his mother Suzanne and siblings Danny, Josephine and Lauren.

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