Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of 15-year-old Chloe Kinsella, whose body was found in the river Shannon.
Father Pat Seaver, a priest at St Munchin's parish in Co Limerick, said Chloe's family, her school principal, the priests of the parish and the wider community were determined not to glamorise the funeral.
He said her death was tragic and follows similar deaths of two students over the summer at St Nessan's School, where she attended.
Fr Seaver said: "We do not want any more tragedy. Life is for living, especially for young people."
He appealed to students to try to appreciate God's gift of life and to live it to the full.
The priest said Chloe's parents did not want any other parents to suffer such a loss.
He urged young people to accept their parent's guidance and, at times, tough love.
Fr Seaver called on them to reflect on how they might live life to the full in a way that does not cause damage to themselves.