Saturday 16 December 2017

Hundreds pay respects to 'loving, friendly' Liam (5)

Liam Lyons (5, centre)
Liam Lyons (5, centre)

Eoghan MacConnell

HUNDREDS of mourners have paid their final respects to a loving, friendly, affectionate and sporty young boy.

Drumcullen GAA provided a guard of honour for Liam Lyons as he arrived for Mass of the Angels at St John's Church in Rath near Birr, Co Offaly, yesterday.

Since the five-year-old was tragically killed in a farm accident involving a tractor on Monday, the communities of Rath in Co Offaly and his mother's native Quin in Co Clare have rallied around his family, the congregation was told.

Among the gifts presented during Mass of the Angels was a scrapbook to 
display Liam's love of drawing and a hurley and a football to reflect his passion for sports.

His uncle, Peter Lyons, said that his parents, Eoin and Marian, "have spent the last 10 years rearing these children on a recipe of love and attention and they continue to do so.

"Little Liam was a loving, friendly and affectionate child who welcomed everyone and always had a hug for Marian every day when he returned from school," he said.

"He was always in a hurry to learn. He was the first of his cousins to climb apple trees in Quin, Co Clare, and then show them all how to do it. Liam was always running; when not running he adopted the walk of a farmer.

"Liam was determined to be the best in Offaly and Clare at both hurling and football. He loved King Henry (Shefflin), but he adored his dad, King Eoin."

Liam was laid to rest in Rath Cemetery following Mass of the Angels. He is survived by his parents Eoin and Marian, brothers Patrick and Niall and sisters Creagh and Liadhan.

Irish Independent

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