A funeral procession of friends and family has been held at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin for a father of five who committed a suicide aged just 25.
John Dolan, a carpenter who was unemployed and living in the capital, had a breakdown at work and was diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder at the time of his death.
His body was exhumed last week and his ashes will be sent to his family on Thursday.
Speaking at the funeral, the father-of-four’s brother Paul Dolan said he had been given the choice to take his own life or continue his work.
“I just don’t feel I can do it,” he said.
“You can be happy.
You can be good.
You could do a lot of good.
But you don’t have the choice.
I can’t go out there and be happy for another person.”
My family is looking at the other way, and we will be looking after the family.
“The funeral will take place in the St Patrick Cathedral, where the family were brought by their chaplain on Monday.
Kenny Dolan (left) and his brother Paul were friends in the Dublin suburb of Mountjoy before they met at a party.
The funeral procession will include the coffin and ashes of John Dolan’s wife Fiona (centre).
Paul Dolan told the Irish Independent he was shocked and saddened by his brother’s death.”
He was a good friend and he made a huge contribution to the community and he was a man of great faith.
He was a loving and caring person and a real community builder.
“Paul Dola said he and his father had been friends for a number of years.
He said that their friendship was strong and was the only one that they shared.”
It’s just really sad,” he added.”
We will always be friends, we will always hold each other and always be a part of each other’s lives.
“John Dola was a carpenters son.
His death has been described as “heartbreaking” by his family.”
John was a real gentleman, he loved his family, he was very well mannered, he wasn’t a thug,” Paul Dola told the Independent.”
There was nothing like him.
He never threatened anyone, he just was a gentleman.
“To have this happen to him was heart breaking.”
Mr Dolan had been in work since he turned 26, and his job had been part-time since 2009.
He was married and had two children.
The Dolan family has set up a fund for his funeral expenses.