Family of boy killed in crash ask mourners to wear colour and honour his joy at funeral
The devastated family of a six-year-old boy tragically killed in a road traffic accident has asked those attending his funeral to wear colourful clothes as testament to the joy he brought to them.
Cian Marren, from Oakdale in Ballycullen, was visiting a relative in Shankill when he was hit crossing the Shanganagh Road last Friday evening.
Doctors battled to save him at Temple Street Children's Hospital, but he lost his fight for life on Sunday afternoon.
A statement from Cian's family said he would be "sadly missed" by his heartbroken parents, Liam and Lisa, and his sisters Aine and Ciara.
"He will be deeply remembered by his loving parents, sisters, grandparents, uncles, aunts, extended family, au pairs Laura, Eleanora, Ana and Marina, and all his neighbours and friends," it added.
"The family has asked for those attending Cian's funeral Mass to wear colourful clothes, allowing this to be a testament of the wonderful joy Cian brought to them."
Tributes to the six-year-old have been paid on social media.
Neighbours of Cian are placing candles in their front window tonight and tomorrow night in Cian's memory.
In a Facebook post, Woodstown Village Knocklyon said: "We are saddened to hear of the passing of six-year-old Cian Marren.
"Our commiserations go to his family and friends and to our neighbours in Oakdale. Cian was a member of St Anne's GAA Club.
"As a gesture of support, we are asking residents at home tonight to put a light in their front window in Cian's memory.
"Ar dheis De go raibh a anam," it said.
A local resident told the Herald he hoped this gesture from the local community would offer some comfort to Cian's parents and family at this very sad time.
It is believed that Cian and other family members had been visiting the home of one of his grandparents when the tragedy happened at a pedestrian crossing at the entrance to the Hazelwood estate on the busy Shanganagh Road.
Gardai confirmed that the driver of the van was interviewed after the incident.
Friends and neighbours rallied around to help and support Cian's family.
After reposing at his home on Wednesday from 3pm to 9pm, Cian's funeral will take place at St Anne's Church, Bohernabreena, the following morning at 11am.
He will then be laid to rest at Bohernabreena Cemetery.