- 29 May 19
Ciara Lawlor, aged 17, died suddenly at a Kodaline gig in the summer of 2016 from a heart condition. The Irish four-piece dedicated the song ‘Angel’ to the memory of Ciara and performed at the young girl’s funeral.
Ciara’s mother Eimear Lawlor has spoken to RTÉ on how hugely touched she and her husband John, and sons Jack and Barry, have been by Kodaline’s kindness in the wake of Ciara’s passing.
“It is truly amazing, especially as we never knew the guys before, and coming to the funeral and writing the song were amazing gestures alone, but to remember her in front of 15,000 people is such a tribute to our daughter.”
Eimear Lawlor has also said, in conversation with RTÉ, that Kodaline’s Mark Prendergast got in touch while they were touring Korea to invite the whole family to the Dublin concert in St Anne’s Park on June 01. “He said they were going to sing ‘Angel’ and say a few words”, Ciara’s mother says. “Mark asked for videos and I think they plan to do a 30-second video.”
Eimear also touched on the grief she has felt since the loss of her daughter, and the emotional impact this tribute will have on the family. “People move on with their lives, but to lose a child is something that will never leave a person, and to have Ciara remembered like this is something we will be ever grateful to the band.”
Kodaline will perform in St Anne’s Park on May 31 and June 01.