Road crash victim (13) taken '80 years too soon'
A 13-year-old schoolboy killed in a road crash has been recalled as a person of "small age but a big presence" at his funeral.
Morgan Pinder was killed in a single-vehicle crash near his home on Clare Island, off the Co Mayo coast, early on Sunday morning.
Fr John Kenny, the chief celebrant at his funeral Mass yesterday, described the teen as a great ambassador for the island through his involvement in farming, Gaelic football, music and public speaking.
"When a child dies it is always nature backwards, grief is overwhelming, and life can never be the same again," Fr Kenny told mourners.
The priest, who travelled from Westport to Clare Island to administer the last rites in the early hours of Sunday, described Morgan as "full of life, taken from this life 80 years too soon".
The teenager was due to begin his secondary education at Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh, next month.
Fr Kenny added: "He could make you laugh out loud with his sense of humour. He was so many things in so many ways to so many people in such a short lifetime."
The Church of the Sacred Heart on the western edge of the island, which has a population of just 160, was packed for the Mass. There were a number of guards of honour, including one by members of Louisburgh GAA Club.
Another was made up of sheep farmers and their prize rams. Mourners were told Morgan was renowned for his prize-winning rams.