The funeral of 15-year-old Shay Moloney, who drowned in a quarry lake last Thursday, has taken place in the Pro-Cathedral in Ennis, Co Clare.

Fr Ger Fitzgerald, who confirmed him and knew Shay from his time as a chaplain at Holy Family School, described Shay as the young man with an extraordinary smile, whose friends were his whole life to him.

He encouraged those friends who were now going through hard times to hold their heads high like Shay did, to be courageous and to have the heart of a warrior like he had in life.

Fr Fitzgerald said what happened to Shay has no words. He said it was horrible and awful, but his friends were left with the memory of an extraordinary and inspirational young man who lit up their world.

Prayers of the faithful were said for those Junior Cert students starting their exams on Wednesday, as Shay was due to do.

They were encouraged to remember his slagging and laughter, a young man with an infectious attitude who lived life with no regrets.

Shay and his friend Jack Kenneally died last Thursday after getting into difficulty while swimming in a quarry on the Tulla Road near Ennis.

Jack, who was also 15-years-old, was laid to rest yesterday.