Tragic 12-year-old Sean Doyle laid to rest
The grieving brother of a Dublin schoolboy killed in a tragic road accident has paid an emotional tribute to "a beautiful, pure-spirited young man".
Sean Doyle (12) died in a freak accident between a pony-drawn trap and a truck last Friday.
There were heartbreaking scenes of grief in the parish of Bawnogue as the horse-drawn carriage carrying Sean's white coffin was brought to the Church of the Transfiguration yesterday.
Tears flowed freely down the cheeks of former and current classmates from Nano Nagle Junior School and Scoil Talbot SNS as the coffin was carried past their guard of honour.
Sean's older brother Dillon spoke lovingly and proudly of him and thanked Sean for all the "beautiful memories".
"I remember holding you the day you were born," Dillon said.
"The feeling I had when I first looked into your eyes could never be put into words. I knew you were special, we all did.
"They say God only takes the best. I never knew how true this was until now.
"For 12 years we had the pleasure of watching you grow into a beautiful pure-spirited young man," he said.
"Sean was the most charismatic person that I've ever had the blessing to be around and no matter how little he had he was always willing to share.
"In this world you never know how long you have with those you love. You always assume you have more time.
"If I had more time I'd never let you doubt for one minute the love I have for you, the love we all have for you, and the beautiful memories you gave us all," he added.
Speaking about the tragedy which occurred on St Cuthbert's Road in Clondalkin last week, Dillon spoke of the pain left in their hearts.
"The 26th of February 2016 will forever be the darkest memory in all of our lives," he said.
"On this day God gained his most beautiful angel, and the hole he left in each and every one of our hearts can never be filled.
"Where there was once the feeling of love, joy and positivity, it has been replaced by emptiness and the longing to hear your voice again Sean.
"There will never be a day that goes by that we won't remember the happiness you brought to all of our lives," he added.
Sean's family also prayed for the driver of the truck involved in the collision.
"The family wish to let it be known that the driver of the truck is in our prayers forever along with Sean," a tearful woman told mourners.
Parish Priest Fr Brian Starken said Sean was an animal lover and an "outdoor person".
"His death is even more poignant because he died doing something that he really loved," Fr Brian Starken said.
"He was a real outdoor person. His grandmother Mary told us that when he was still crawling around on all-fours they had to build a wall around the back garden because he would disappear like a shot," he said.
Gifts to the altar included a memory box made up by Sean's classmates.
Sean is mourned by his parents Stacy and David, his brother Dillon and younger sister Hope, and his grandparents Joe and Mary.
After mass Sean's remains were brought to Newlands Crematorium.
Last week, more than 2,000 friends and neighbours walked through the streets of Clondalkin in a memorial march in memory of the popular happy-go-lucky "horse-mad" youngster.
Members of the local community have helped to raise €20,000 to help the family with funeral and other costs.