Tributes paid to Portmarnock teenager Joe Hayes, 19, who died after attending Boxed Off music festival

He was rushed to hospital after falling ill and later died.

Devastated pals last night paid tribute to a teen who died after attending a music festival.

Joe Hayes, 19, fell ill as he left the Boxed Off festival at the Fairyhouse Racecourse in Meath on Saturday night.

A close pal of the Dublin teenager last night told Dublin Live: “We’re doing ok thanks. Please let everyone know that he was a wonderful person and no one has ever had a bad word to say about him.

“Everyone he met loved him and he will never be forgotten.”

A group of Joe’s friends has set up a gofundme page to help pay for this funeral.

The page reads: “Trying to raise money for our friend Joe’s funeral. For anyone who knew Joe you will know how good of a person he was and how much he thought about everyone else around him.

“We are devastated to lose our best friend at such a young age so unexpectedly. The more money we raise the better the send off we can give him and he deserves nothing but the best.”

It is understood the youngster complained about feeling unwell after exiting the event.

He was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where he was later pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine the cause of death and an investigation is taking place.

A Garda spokesman said: “Gardaí at Ashbourne, Co Meath, are investigating a sudden death in Ratoath, Co Meath this morning Sunday, September 30th 2018.

“A 19-year-old male complained of feeling unwell. He received medical attention at the scene and was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown .

“He was pronounced dead in the early hours of this morning.

“A file will now be prepared for the local coroner. Investigations are continuing.”

A spokesman for the festival said: “We are very saddened to say that as people were leaving Boxed Off Festival at Fairyhouse Racecourse last night a 19-year-old man became unwell.

“The onsite medical team including an emergency doctor and advanced paramedics treated the man on site. He was then transferred to James Connolly Hospital by one of the onsite ambulances. Despite the efforts of all medical teams the young man tragically passed away early this morning.

“The whole festival team is devastated by the news. We will continue to work closely with An Garda Síochána on this matter.

“We have no further information at this time. All our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Boxed Off is a one day electronic music festival.

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