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Tuesday 26 September 2017

'Special son' Oisin saves lives after death

Oisin McGrath
Oisin McGrath

Chris Kilpatrick

The heartbroken father of a 13-year-old boy who died after an incident while playing at school says he will forever miss his special son.

Oisin McGrath's father, Nigel, said the teenager was "now saving lives" after his parents consented to the donation of his organs.

People in the border village of Belcoo watched respectfully as a hearse carrying his coffin brought him home to his family last night ahead of the funeral tomorrow.

The young GAA player sustained a fatal head injury while playing football in the grounds of St Michael's College in Enniskillen on Monday.

Life support was gradually withdrawn and Oisin was pronounced dead at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast on Thursday evening.

Thousands of messages of support continued to pour in for the family yesterday.

Adding his own personal tribute, Nigel simply said: "A special son. Forever missed. Now saving lives."

Monsignor Joseph McGuinness, the chairman of the board of governors at St Michael's, where Oisin studied, said the school was deeply saddened.

Oisin had been critically injured after an incident during a game of football on Monday afternoon.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested and later bailed pending further police inquiries.

Irish Independent

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