Father in funeral plea for drivers to take care as he buries teen son
The grieving father of a teenager killed in a road crash pleaded with people attending his funeral yesterday to take care on the roads.
John Cahill made an emotional statement at the service for his son Oisín at Kilmaley Church in Co Clare, saying: "If there is any good to come out of this, please, please, please be safe on our roads."
Talented hurler Oisín (18) was killed when a car he was travelling in crashed outside Ennis on Easter Sunday morning. Oisín's cousin, Darragh Killeen, also died in the accident while a third friend, Enda Hickey, remains in hospital.
Mr Cahill said Oisín's "wonderful friends" were a credit to their families and asked that the parents support them at this difficult time.
He described his only son to the congregation as his "best friend".
Mr Cahill added: "I have heard often that you shouldn't develop the type of relationship with your children that you could call one of them your best friend, but I'm afraid that I failed there, and I have to say that Oisín was my best friend.
"He was my best friend in every way."
Oisín was a lynchpin on Kilmaley's minor and u-21 hurling teams, and Mr Cahill said that the family will watch on "with terrible sadness" but wish the team the best of luck in the minor championship.
Recalling last Sunday morning, Mr Cahill said: "The phone call I got as I just sat out in the van waiting to go to the Dawn Mass for 6am, I never realised that when I answered that our lives would never, ever be the same.
"The whole world changed for us in the blink of an eye."
Mr Cahill said that 18 years ago, Oisín was a Christmas present for his older sister, Rebecca, who had asked Santa for a baby brother.
One of Oisín's younger sisters, Eilís, also addressed mourners and said that it "just wasn't fair having to pick out a coffin for Oisín on Monday".
She described him as a "one in a million brother" and "an extraordinary young man".
She said: "From the minute I was born, he minded and protected me. Oisín was always there for me. I cherished the ground Oisín walked on - he was my idol and role model."
Oisín is survived by his parents, John and Angela, and sisters, Rebecca, Eilís, Caoimhe and Caoilinn.
He was later laid to rest at Kilmaley cemetery.