The body of tragic Daryl Dargan will be flown home from Portugal to Dublin late on Friday night, with funeral arrangements to follow afterwards.
The 30-year-old Portlaoise man was staying at the Alto do Moinho apartments in the holiday resort when his body was discovered on Monday, June 22.
Once he is returned to his family, funeral arrangements can be made to allow his relatives and friends give him a fitting send off. At this stage it is believed that the funeral will take place early next week, but this has yet to be finalised.
Since news broke of Mr Dargan’s death, there has been an outpouring of grief and support for his well-known and popular family.
Over €18,000 has been raised in the GoFundMe campaign to ‘Bring Daryl Home’.
A number of generous intitiatives were undertaken including a bucket collection in Mulhall’s Supervalu, while David Finn of the Blow Dry Parlour donated Monday’s takings from his premises.
A police investigation continues into his death.
Daryl grew up and lived in the Lakeglen estate on the Mountmellick Road in Portlaoise and attended St Paul’s and Portlaoise CBS.
Daryl’s brother Lee wrote: “Just want to thank anybody who has donated so much and the support is unreal. Thanks again. Every penny counts to getting Daryl home to us”.
Donations on the ‘Bring Daryl Home’ page range from over €1,000 down to €5.
Tributes have flowed in for the popular young Portlaoise man, with many posting tributes on the GoFundMe page.
“Thinking of Lee and your family – may he get the best in heaven,” one person wrote.
“Heartfelt condolences to the McEvoy and Dargan families at this heartbreaking time,” another said.
“Rip Daryl…Condolences to you and your family Stuart..I lit candles for your family yesterday, stay strong,” another wrote.
“Daryl you were a credit to your family a lovely lad with a heart of gold you will be greatly missed,” another tribute said.
Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley included the family in the votes of sympathy at this week’s meeting of Laois County Council.
She said it is a particularly difficult time for the family as they await the return of their loved one.
“The whole community is shocked at this sudden death,” she said.
Cllr Noel Tuohy also passed on his condolences before a 15-minute adjournment was held as a mark of respect for those who passed away recently in Laois.