MARCUS MOORE would have enjoyed his Christmas dinner.
"He loved food. Christmas Day would be one of the biggest days of his life.
"He would be the first person at the table waiting for the meal to start," his mother, Marian, said.
This Christmas, the Moore family, of Tonaphubble, in Sligo, will be without Marcus. He would have been 25 on December 5th last. But like many others throughout the country this festive season, thoughts and memories of one they loved will be ever-present.
Having bravely battled leukaemia for six and a half years, Marcus slipped away at about 10 pm on October 13th last.
That was after his final hope for remission, a clinical drugs trial in London, had failed to halt the silent march of his deadly disease.
For anyone who endured bereavement during the year, Christmas is tough. "I do not know what we will do," Marian said. "We are going to really miss Marcus. He is going to be a big loss. There will be a big gap.
"The hardest part is to think this young man will not walk in the door again.
"The only thing we can do now is remember his name, to strive to do good in his name and to ask everyone to love each other and keep each other close.
"And to all those who lost a loved one, we wish them peace."