Saturday 1 October 2016

'He'll be first out on the dance-floor in heaven' - priest tells funeral of tragic Tyler (3)

Ryan Nugent

Published 01/04/2016 | 11:49

The funeral of Tyler Joyce at the Church of The Annunciation, Finglas today.
The funeral of Tyler Joyce at the Church of The Annunciation, Finglas today.
The funeral of Tyler Joyce at The Church of The Annunciation, Finglas today.

'HAPPY feet' Tyler (3) will be the first person out on the dance-floor in heaven, a funeral heard, as hundreds of mourners gathered to mourn the tragic drowning victim.

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Tyler Joyce died on Easter Sunday, along with his father, Sean 'Curly' Sweeney, when the pair drowned at Ashington Park close to the Royal Canal in North Dublin.

Sean Sweeney was buried yesterday.

At the funeral in the Church of Annunciation, Finglas, parish priest, Fr Eamann Cahill, recalled the day, not so long ago when he baptised Tyler.

Fr Eamann said that a funeral of a young child is one of the most unnatural things possible, as he glanced at the tiny white coffin placed in the centre of the church.

He said that it is not Tyler who needs the prayers of the mourners gathered, but it is them that need Tyler's prayers.

The funeral of Tyler Joyce at The Church of The Annunciation, Finglas today.
The funeral of Tyler Joyce at The Church of The Annunciation, Finglas today.

"Tyler could never sit still, before he was born, Pamela told me, he was always kicking her. Happy feet. I hope there's dancing in heaven and if there's not, he'll start it," Fr Eamann said.

"He'll be the first out on the floor," he added.

Tyler was a big football fan, but his enthusiasm, according to the family, led them to replace the football with a balloon, just to ensure not too much damage was done.

While none of the immediate family felt emotionally ready to offer a eulogy in memory of the tragic child, a friend of the family, Wayne spoke on behalf of them.

"He was such a good happy and pleasant child, always had a smile on his face. He would be dancing and shaking his bum to the song 'Happy'," he said.

"He loved going to the creche every day with his minions bag on his back," he added.

The congregation left the church to that song 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams - a tribute to a boy who lost his life at too tender an age.

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