A SCHOOLBOY who died after a quad bike accident gave life to four others by donating his organs, mourners at his funeral were told.
Eight-year-old Ultan Hayes was remembered as "a fighter consumed with the need to be first and to be the best".
Addressing a packed Mass of the Angels at St Caimin's Church in the east Clare village of Mountshannon, Ultan's mother Orla yesterday paid tribute "to our most wonderful boy".
She said: "We may be a little bit biased, but to us, Ultan was the best."
Ultan died last Friday as a result of serious injuries sustained in a quad bike crash. Ultan was a passenger on the bike, which was being driven by his father Brian a short distance from the family home on Thursday night.
As part of the offertory procession, a donor card was offered up and mourners were told "even in death, Ultan showed his unflinching determination to help others and to always give back.
"Ultan's gift has hopefully allowed four other people, three of them children, to live a full, rewarding and loved life. In these people, as well as our hearts, he will always live on".
In her address, Ms Hayes told the congregation: "Ultan Gilbert Thomas Hayes was born at 8.35am November 11, 2005 and from that moment on, things were done his way.
She said: "As a fighter consumed with the need to be first and to be the best, these principles, along with kindness, generosity – unless that meant Ultan having to share his sweets – and unconditional positive regard for others were the hallmarks for his life that he strove to achieve each and every day."
The 12-page Mass booklet contained heart-breaking handwritten messages from two of his siblings, Oisin and Alannah, with Oisin also drawing a picture of Ultan with a hurley and sliotar.
Fr John Jones said the Mass for Ultan "is one of the saddest occasions imaginable" and offered the community's "boundless sympathy" to the Hayes family.