Tragic Aaron buried on the day after his 13th birthday
A young footballer who died suddenly overcame shyness to become a player full of confidence, his funeral heard.
Aaron O'Kelly, whose health began to fail last week, died after he was rushed to hospital on Saturday.
Aaron, from Bray, Co Wicklow, would have celebrated his 13th birthday on Wednesday this week.
Yesterday at St Fergal's Church, Ballywaltrim, his father Paul described the family's shock at his death, saying it was initially thought he had the winter vomiting bug.
"Aaron suffered from nervousness and anxiety when he was younger, and didn't like to be the centre of attention," said Mr O'Kelly.
He said his son got over this as he got older, in large part thanks to the teachers at St Cronan's School, Bray, and Ardmore Rovers Football Club members.
Mourners wore red at the request of the family, and club members formed a guard of honour.