Friday 17 November 2017

'Heartbreaking' - GAA world pays respects to tragic schoolboy Oisin McGrath (13)

Oisin McGrath
Oisin McGrath
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Tributes have poured in for the tragic 13-year-old schoolboy whose organs will give the gift of life to others.

Oisin McGrath passed away in hospital yesterday three days after he was critically injured in a playground incident.

The young GAA player is understood to have suffered a traumatic head injury following the incident during a game of football at St Michael's College in Enniskillen.

Oisin had been on life-support at the Royal Victoria Hospital, but his family took the decision to withdraw it. The Belfast Trust confirmed his death shortly before 7.30pm. Amid their devastation, Oisin's parents Nigel and Sharon consented to the donation of their beloved son's organs.

The family hope they can be used to save other lives.

The GAA world has been quick to pay their respects to the teenager, with double All-Ireland winner Paul Flynn and former Armagh footballer Aaron Kernan leading the tributes.

"Tragic news of the death of the young lad in Fermanagh... Strange circumstances. Thoughts and prayers are with his family," the Dublin footballer tweeted.

"Can't imagine the pain Oisin McGrath's family and friends are feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with them all. Heartbreaking. RIP," the former Armagh player posted on his Twitter account.

First Minister Peter Robinson and Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness also offered their support to the family.

Tributes were also paid in the McGraths' home village of Belcoo, where neighbours and friends had attended a special prayer Mass on Wednesday night.

Oisin had been in a critical condition since the incident on Monday afternoon. His family had been told there was no prospect of recovery.

The life-support machine was gradually withdrawn throughout yesterday as his parents maintained a vigil at his bedside.

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