Thursday 27 July 2017

Tragic Daniel (7) gave the gift of life to three people

The coffin is carried from St John the Baptist Church in Kilberry, Co Meath, after the funeral of Daniel O’Keeffe. Photo: Collins
The coffin is carried from St John the Baptist Church in Kilberry, Co Meath, after the funeral of Daniel O’Keeffe. Photo: Collins

Alan O'Keeffe

Schoolboy Daniel O'Keeffe gave "new life" to three people when his organs were transplanted after his death, a priest said at his funeral yesterday.

Daniel (7) died of injuries suffered in a road crash on January 12 that claimed the life of his young mother Emma O'Keeffe.

His Requiem Mass was in his local church at Kilberry, Co Meath.

Ms O'Keeffe (26) died the day after the crash that happened when her car collided with a lorry on the Nobber to Kingscourt Road in Co Meath.

She lived with her husband Robin O'Keeffe and their three sons in nearby Coghalstown, Wilkinstown, Navan, Co Meath.

Daniel's little brother Logan was also injured.

Another brother, Adam (5), sat on his father's knee during the funeral Mass.

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"Daniel had a very short life but he lived it to the full and he touched so many lives," parish priest Fr John O'Brien said.

"It reminds us that the greatest gift we can give anybody is the gift of life. And so, even in death, Daniel's generosity knows no bounds because of him, because of his family, and it can't have been easy for them, three people are experiencing new life as a result of Daniel giving his organs so that others could live.

"What a wonderful gift and blessing that is and it is truly something to be very proud of," he said.

Fr O'Brien said Daniel was "a beautiful child" and his mother Emma was waiting in heaven "to welcome her child into her arms".

"Daniel was a most loveable and affectionate child," he said.

His friends in first class in Wilkinstown national school sang his favourite song 'Hold Back The River'. A bouquet of 29 red roses represented his 29 classmates, with one white rose for Daniel.

Irish Independent

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