Saturday 21 October 2017

'Our angel and our hero' - hundreds turn out as little Cian (6) is laid to rest

The late Cian Marren
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Hundreds of mouners turned out to remember a little Dublin boy who died after being knocked down as he was remembered as an angel and a hero.

Cian Marren (6) from Ballycullen died last Sunday surrounded by his family in Temple Street Children’s Hospital after being knocked down two days earlier at a pedestrian crossing point on the Shanganagh Road close to where he was visiting his grandmother.

St Anne’s church in Bohernabreena was full to capacity as his white coffin was carried to the altar for his funeral, and many who had come to pay their respects had to wait outside in the church grounds.

The family of the sports mad youngster, and pupil of Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna, had asked all Cian’s friends to wear bright clothes for the farewell, which they wanted marked as a celebration of his life.

His white coffin bore messages of love and sorrow from his pals written in colourful marker.

His mother Lisa described the symbols brought to the altar to represent Cian’s life - his sister Aine carried Cian’s hurley that he played with at the local St Anne’s GAA Club; his other sister Ciara carried their dog’s lead; the book ‘Little Einstein’ was Cian’s favourite and was read to him by his grandmother on his first sleepover at her house.

His best friend brought Cian’s last Lego creation; and a Thomas the Tank Engine toy was another symbol, along with his favourite teddy, his Taekwondo belt, and his favourite water pistol.

Cian’s father Liam kissed his son’s coffin and looked back to his wife and daughters as he walked to the altar to share the family’s memories of him.

He thanked the paramedics and emergency crews who battled to save Cian, and the staff of Temple Street hospital.

“Your work allowed us our precious 48 hours to be with Cian, to hold him, and to say our goodbyes. For this we will be eternally grateful,” said Liam.

“Cian was our angel and our hero. We had six fantastic years with him, filled with love, fun, and an abundance of happy memories.

“Every evening when I came home from work I was greeted with Cian running down the hall, a big jump, and an embrace as he called out ‘Daddy’. I always replied ‘Buddy’. It was our daily ritual and something I am already missing so so much,” he added.

Liam also told how Cian would sneak into his parent’s bed, taking his place beside Lisa, giving her kisses and hugs. And how he loved adventure, climbing, hurling, football, taekwondo, trucks, trains and building with Lego.

“When you asked Cian what he would want to do when he grew up he had two answers. First, ‘I want to be a daddy like you’, and the second, ‘I want to be an inventor’,” Liam explained emotionally.

He spoke of his mischievous side too - how Cian loved getting up on the roof of the car, and of how during one of the sunny days this summer he put suncream on the family’s dog Shadow.

After requiem mass, Cian’s family walked behind the hearse as his coffin was brought to the nearby Bohernabreena cemetery for burial.

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