School friends of a young boy killed in a farm accident will receive counselling.
Mark Fordham (7), who was described as the "heart and soul" of his family, died after he slipped into a potato-sorting machine on the family farm in Keamsella, Kilcolgan.
The tragedy occurred in a shed behind the family home at around 11am on Saturday.
Prayers were said for Mark, who was an only child, and his parents, Donal Fordham and Patricia Leech, at masses around south Galway yesterday.
The communities were numb with grief as news of the tragedy spread. The family is very popular in the community and runs a local potato company.
Mark was a second class pupil at Kiltiernan National School. Acting principal Bríd Fenlon said Mark would be greatly missed "by all who were privileged to have known him".
"This is a terrible tragedy for the Fordham and extended family, our school and our community," she said.
"We are deeply saddened by this event. Our sympathy and thoughts are with Mark's family and friends," she added.
She added that the school has implemented a Critical Incident Management Plan to help students cope with the death.
"Psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) have supported and advised our staff at this time.
"The school will be open on Monday and Tuesday in an effort to support our pupils and parents deal with this tragic event."
The little boy will be laid to rest tomorrow in Drumacoo Cemetery following funeral mass at St. Colman’s Church, Ballindereen at 12 noon.
His heartbroken parents have requested that any donations be made to the Chernobyl Children's Trust.