Monday 22 October 2018

Tragic Aaron buried on the day after his 13th birthday

Family and friends pictured at the Funeral of teenager Aaron O'Kelly at St. Fergal's Church, Ballywaltrim, Bray this afternoon Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Family and friends pictured at the Funeral of teenager Aaron O'Kelly at St. Fergal's Church, Ballywaltrim, Bray this afternoon Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Aaron O’Kelly’s funeral yesterday, where mourners were asked to wear the colour red by his family
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

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.

Aaron O’Kelly’s funeral yesterday, where mourners were asked to wear the colour red by his family
Aaron O’Kelly’s funeral yesterday, where mourners were asked to wear the colour red by his family

Mourners wore red at the request of the family, and club members formed a guard of honour.

Aaron O’Kelly’s funeral yesterday, where mourners were asked to wear the colour red by his family
Aaron O’Kelly’s funeral yesterday, where mourners were asked to wear the colour red by his family

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