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Tributes as Cian (6) loses fight for life two days after being hit by a van

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Gardai on patrol close to the scene of the incident on Shanganagh Road near Shankill. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Gardai on patrol close to the scene of the incident on Shanganagh Road near Shankill. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Gardai on patrol close to the scene of the incident on Shanganagh Road near Shankill. Photo: Caroline Quinn

A six-year-old Dublin boy who was knocked down by a van on Friday has died in hospital.

Cian Marren (6), from Oakdale in Ballycullen, was visiting a relative in Shankill when he was hit crossing the Shanganagh Road at 4.45pm.

The driver was travelling in the direction of Shankill Village.

Doctors battled to save him at Temple Street Children's Hospital, but he lost his fight for life yesterday afternoon.

It is believed Cian and other family members had been visiting the home of one of his grandparents when the tragedy occurred at a pedestrian crossing at the entrance to the Hazelwood estate on the busy Shanganagh Road.

Saddened

Gardai confirmed that the driver of the van was interviewed after the incident.

Cian's family were with him in hospital for the weekend while friends and neighbours rallied around to help and support them.

The local community in Ballycullen was shocked and saddened as news spread of his death yesterday.

Cian's family are involved in the St Anne's GAA club in nearby Bohernabreena, where news of his death was also met with sadness yesterday.

The little boy was an active playing member in the club, along with his sisters.

His dad Liam is a coach with the juvenile camogie section.

Upon receiving the news about the little boy's death, the GAA club posted a tribute on their Facebook page.

"It is with great sadness we learn of the tragic passing of one of our young juvenile members, Cian Marren, following a traffic accident over the weekend," it said.

"St Anne's GAA Club would like to express our deepest sympathy to Liam, Lisa, Aine, Ciara and all the extended Marren family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

"Ar dheis De go raibh a anam," it read.

Firhouse Taekwondo Club, with which the family was also involved, said Cian was "so full of energy and happiness".

"Devastating news to hear that young Cian Marren passed away after a traffic accident in Shankill on Friday," a spokesman said.

"Cian was a lovely child, so full of energy and happiness. He will be sadly missed by all."

It is also understood Cian's mother Lisa was involved with Brendan's Running Club in Naas.

One woman who came across the aftermath of the incident said she was on her way home when she saw the boy lying in the road.

"The paramedics were all around him, putting an oxygen mask on him and trying to help," she told the Herald.

"It was very sad. He only looked around five or six years old."

Shocked

A 59-year-old father-of-three who lives in the Hazelwood estate said that the accident happened in the vicinity of pedestrian lights at the entrance to Hazelwood.

"I saw two ambulances at the scene and three garda squad cars," he said.

"The road was sealed off. It's a very busy road.

"It's terrible that this has happened to a child. People are very shocked by what happened," he added.

Investigators are asking anyone who was in the area at the time, or has any information about the collision, to contact them at Shankill Garda Station on (01) 666 5900.


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