Sunday 21 December 2014

‘I need to learn to be a mammy to Jake in a different way’ – Mother of tragic Jake Brennan (6)

Brian O'Reilly and Louise Kelly

Published 16/07/2014 | 11:58

Roseann Brennan, the distraught mother of little Jake Brennan, at Lintown Grove where six-year-old died after a road accident. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Roseann Brennan, the distraught mother of little Jake Brennan, at Lintown Grove where six-year-old died after a road accident. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
The distraught parents of little Jake Brennan (6), Christopher and Roseann Brennan pictured at Lintown Grove

THE mother of Jake Brennan, who died in a tragic road accident in a Kilkenny housing estate, has spoken about coping with her grief.

The six-year-old boy was struck by a car last month while playing with his little brother Kaelem less than 15 metres from his house.

During a heartbreaking interview with Ray D’Arcy on Today FM, Roseanne spoke about watching her child die.

“I said ‘I love you baby you’re ok, you’re ok’.

“They said to me maybe he’s in shock and I was making him worse so I stepped away for a minute, I wish I didn’t step away.

“Then he goes ‘Mammy I don’t want to die’, all he wanted to do was stay.”

Jake's mother rushed to his aid when the horrific incident occurred and an ambulance was called to the scene, but the boy was pronounced dead a short time later in St Luke's Hospital.

Roseanne, who has three surviving children, said that the passing of her young son has also had a devastating impact on her husband, Christopher.  “The only time when we see life with Christopher is when he’s down sorting the grave.”

“You realise you’ll never get over it. You can go through grief and the stages 50 times in a day,” she said.

“I never want to get over Jake, I don’t want to, I need to learn to be a mammy to Jake in a different way.”

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