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Saturday 25 November 2017

‘We will think about him, talk about him and love him for the rest of our days’ - Mother’s emotional tribute to tragic Conor (14)

Car crash involving a tractor on the Oulart to Blackwater road Picture: Patrick Browne
Car crash involving a tractor on the Oulart to Blackwater road Picture: Patrick Browne
Car crash involving a tractor on the Oulart to Blackwater road Picture: Patrick Browne
Car crash involving a tractor on the Oulart to Blackwater road Picture: Patrick Browne
Car crash involving a tractor on the Oulart to Blackwater road Picture: Patrick Browne
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

THE mother of Conor Byrne, who tragically died in a car accident last week, has paid an emotional tribute at his funeral.

Angela Byrne’s only son Conor (14) died in the accident between the car in which he was a passenger and a tractor.

Mrs Byrne told mourners yesterday of the devastation the loss of her only child.

“Although he will leave myself and Colm broken-hearted and devastated forever, I wouldn’t swap the 14 years of happiness and joy Conor brought to our lives.

“The beautiful young man he had grown into made us proud every day. We will think about him, talk about him and love him for the rest of our days.

“Our house will never be a home again without our special boy but knowing he was so loved by family, friends, team mates and everyone who knew him will support us through the really tough times ahead of us.

“The love and support the community has shown us has and will see us through.

“Rest well beside nanny, my sweet beautiful angel, watch over us. Until we meet again, we will never forget our gorgeous boy.”

She told the congregation that Conor was obsessed with hurling, and looking forward to playing his first U15 county development match on Friday.

“Hurling was the be-all-and-end-all of everything. He was ready for training at least an hour early, nagging at me to bring him to the pitch.

“He adored training with Oulart-Ballagh and was never happier than when he was out pounding the pitch with his friends.

“But I know when we wear the black-and-red in future, he will be right there with them, cheering them on.”

She also shared the story of his birth, and how she didn’t realise she was pregnant until she was in labour.

“Somebody reminded me this week that Conor came to the world as unexpected as he left.

“We couldn’t believe the little bundle that was dropped into our lives was ours.

“Of course, the house was in chaos. Conor always had that effect on us.”

She explained how her mother Eileen had helped her after Conor’s birth – and how she would be looking after him now once again.

“Now, my handsome, sweet, generous, funny, kind boy is gone to heaven to live with his beloved nanny.

Conor’s coffin was given a guard of honouy by his hurling teammates and students from CBS in Enniscorthy.

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