Friday 19 January 2018

Hundreds pay tribute to tragic Oisin (13)

Hundreds of people attend the funeral of schoolboy Oisin McGrath, 13, at St Patrick's Church in Holywell, Belcoo Co. Fermanagh
Hundreds of people attend the funeral of schoolboy Oisin McGrath, 13, at St Patrick's Church in Holywell, Belcoo Co. Fermanagh
Hundreds of people attend the funeral of schoolboy Oisin McGrath, 13, at St Patrick's Church in Holywell, Belcoo Co. Fermanagh
The funeral of schoolboy Oisin McGrath, 13, at St Patrick's Church in Holywell, Belcoo Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Classmates wearing Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) jerseys attend the funeral of schoolboy Oisin McGrath, 13, at St Patrick's Church in Holywell, Belcoo Co. Fermanagh
Hundreds of people attend the funeral of schoolboy Oisin McGrath, 13, at St Patrick's Church in Holywell, Belcoo Co. Fermanagh
The funeral of schoolboy Oisin McGrath, 13, at St Patrick's Church in Holywell, Belcoo Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Hundreds of of schoolchildren line the route of the funeral of schoolboy Oisin McGrath, 13, at St Patrick's Church in Holywell, Belcoo Co. Fermanagh

Hundreds of schoolchildren have lined the route of a funeral for a classmate who died following a playground incident.

Oisin McGrath, 13, was a pupil at St Michael's College in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, and was hurt while playing football during his lunch break on Monday. His organs have been donated to save five lives.

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

Oisin's mother Sharon and father Nigel led mourners at the service at Holywell Catholic Church in Belcoo, County Fermanagh, on Sunday morning.

Fellow pupils of the Year 9 student wore Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) jerseys draped over their school uniforms.

Two floral wreaths depicted a GAA football and jersey in tribute to the promising young sportsman's talent. A GAA top was placed on top of his coffin.

The teenager played GAA football in Belcoo. His mother is secretary for the local club.

Crowds gathered outside the church to watch the Requiem Mass on a large screen.

Hundreds of people attend the funeral of schoolboy Oisin McGrath, 13, at St Patrick's Church in Holywell, Belcoo Co. Fermanagh
Hundreds of people attend the funeral of schoolboy Oisin McGrath, 13, at St Patrick's Church in Holywell, Belcoo Co. Fermanagh

Father Seamus Quinn said Oisin has "given life" to five people.

He said he had spoken to the teenager's mother after his life support had been switched off.

Hundreds of of schoolchildren line the route of the funeral of schoolboy Oisin McGrath, 13, at St Patrick's Church in Holywell, Belcoo Co. Fermanagh
Hundreds of of schoolchildren line the route of the funeral of schoolboy Oisin McGrath, 13, at St Patrick's Church in Holywell, Belcoo Co. Fermanagh

The priest told the BBC: "My God, it must have been an excruciating decision as well. And I know it won't take away their pain, but my goodness, what meaning to have. That somebody was able to give life to five other people."

He added: "Oisin will never have had children, but he has given life to five other human beings."

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