Sunday 18 March 2018

Family despair as tragic Jake to be buried with beloved 'blankie'

Roseann Brennan, the distraught mother of little Jake Brennan, at Lintown Grove where six-year-old died after a road accident. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Roseann Brennan, the distraught mother of little Jake Brennan, at Lintown Grove where six-year-old died after a road accident. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Last christmas: The family in happier times, from left, Kaelem (3), Chris, Jake (6) and Roseann Brennan


TRAGIC Jake Brennan, who was knocked down and killed by a car outside his home, will be laid to rest today cuddled into his beloved 'blankie'.

The six-year-old boy's distraught mother Roseann Brennan yesterday told the Sunday Independent: "He has gone down now with his blankie, he always had it up to his face going to sleep and he has it in the coffin with him now."

Jake was killed in the accident on Thursday evening outside his home at Lintown Grove, Johnswell Road in Kilkenny city, while playing with friends.

Jake's mother rushed to his aid and an ambulance was called to the scene, but the boy was pronounced dead a short time later in St Luke's Hospital.

"He said, 'mammy can I play for another few minutes' and I said play for a few minutes. Why didn't I just tell him to come in?" Roseann said through her tears.

"I never leave him out of my sight. He was right outside our front door and we were all around.

"He was one of those little characters, we loved him very much and he had a big part in all of our lives."

Jake was the eldest child of Chris and Roseann Brennan and older brother to siblings Kaelem, 3, and Savannah, four months.

Jake's body is reposing at his home before removal to St John's Church for Mass of the Angels at 2pm today and burial afterwards in St Kieran's Cemetery.

The homework club, which Jake attended, will form a guard of honour ahead of the ceremony.

Students and teachers from the Presentation National School in Kilkenny, where Jake was a pupil, will provide the music and song for the funeral mass.

The costume Jake wore for a play last week in his beloved Jester's Stage Academy will be brought up as one of the gifts, as well as his much-loved teddy bear Ruby.

Jake's father Chris will also bring a Playstation console to the altar, as Jake loved playing video games with his dad.

"We are so grateful to the people of Kilkenny who have come out to support us," Roseann said.

"The place is full of flowers; these good people out there will help us carry on. We have to keep on going for our other kids, but we are heartbroken, if I can say something at the mass I will, but it is very hard, we are devastated."

After Jake was hit by the vehicle he ran into his mother's arms before losing consciousness.

"He got back up and he ran to me, I don't know how, and he ran into my arms," Roseann explained. "He said 'I'm sorry' and I was saying 'It's not your fault, it's not your fault, baby'. I hugged him and hugged him and I said 'You're okay, you're okay'.

"He said to me, 'Mammy I don't want to die.' I could see his little eyes and they were gone."

The driver of the car, a woman in her 40s, was not injured in the incident.

Gardai have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 056-7775000, the confidential line on 1800-666111 or any garda station.

Sunday Independent

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