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The funeral of Kyle Finnegan Hooper at the Church of the Incarnation in Fettercairn in Tallaght

The funeral of Kyle Finnegan Hooper at the Church of the Incarnation in Fettercairn in Tallaght

A mourner arrives with a 'Kinder Bueno' flower arrangement at the funeral of Kyle Finnegan Hooper at the Church of the Incarnation in Fettercairn in Tallaght

A mourner arrives with a 'Kinder Bueno' flower arrangement at the funeral of Kyle Finnegan Hooper at the Church of the Incarnation in Fettercairn in Tallaght

Motorcycle mourners at the funeral mass of Kyle Finnegan Hooper outside the Church of the Incarnation in Fettercairn in Tallaght

Motorcycle mourners at the funeral mass of Kyle Finnegan Hooper outside the Church of the Incarnation in Fettercairn in Tallaght

Kyle Finnegan Hooper's mother Joanne at the Church of the Incarnation in Fettercairn in Tallaght

Kyle Finnegan Hooper's mother Joanne at the Church of the Incarnation in Fettercairn in Tallaght

The horse-drawn hearse

The horse-drawn hearse

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The funeral of Kyle Finnegan Hooper at the Church of the Incarnation in Fettercairn in Tallaght

The grieving mother of a young boy who died in her arms from a suspected asthma attack has told mourners she always knew he would be a superstar one day.

Kyle Hooper (12), from Tallaght, died last Friday after collapsing at his grandmother's home.

His mother, Joanne, managed to revive him briefly before he died.

There were emotional scenes at the Church of the Incarnation in Fettercairn yesterday as Kyle's coffin, painted in Manchester United's colours, was carried through the crowds of mourners.

Kyle had a passion for football, rapping and scrambler motorbikes, and all of his loves were represented at the sad farewell.

Members of Shamrock Rovers formed a guard of honour at the door of the church, and across the road Kyle's friends had lined up their motorbikes in tribute. Many wore T-shirts with his picture and name on them.

Character

Fr Pat McKinley told the mourners that one of Kyle's favourite rappers, Bugzy Malone, had even sent a recording of a song that he had dedicated to him.

Addressing the mourners, an emotional Joanne said the day she gave birth to Kyle was the happiest of her life.

"As we watched you grow I always knew you were going to be a superstar one day," she said.

"You were such a character. You had the moves, you had the voice, you had the acts, you had the swank, and most of all you had the biggest heart of gold and a smile that would light up the room."

Joanne said Kyle knew everyone and everyone in turn knew Kyle.

"He'd be walking down the road and 20-year-olds would pass and say, 'All right, Kyleo', and he'd answer, 'What's the craic, boys?' He was such a little charmer," she said.

During his homily, Fr McKinley said Kyle was football-mad.

"Kyle ate, slept and drank football. That's when he wasn't out on his scrambler with his dad, or getting all dolled-up for his army of admirers at the disco, or entertaining all around him with a bit of rapping," he said.

"Kyle stepped easily between different worlds. On one hand, a young man busy about town, busy with boys' stuff, doing boys' things.

"On the other, a boy who loved his mam to bits. A mammy's boy in the best sense of that word.

"He was a young man who grew with his dad through their shared love of football and motorbikes, and an annoying brother to Calvin but who'd still make you laugh at the end of the day."

Kyle had started at St Aidan's Community School in Tallaght only a few weeks ago.

"The principal there summed up Kyle's first three weeks by saying he was 'a total character'," said Fr McKinley.

"Kyle didn't do things by half measures.

He lived his life full of laughter and life and love."

As Fr McKinley ended his address, the sound of motorbikes being revved could be heard from outside.


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