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RIP Funeral for 'courageous' Cork boy Fionn Barry to be held on Monday

Fionn's parents Brenda and Trevor said they are “absolutely devastated beyond any comprehension” following his tragic death.

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Fionn Barry

Fionn Barry

Fionn Barry

The funeral for a young boy who died following a "long and brave fight" will be held tomorrow.

Fionn Barry (7) passed away peacefully at his home in Cork on Friday, September 10.

He suffered from multiple conditions including cerebral palsy, global developmental delay, cortical visual impairment, infantile spasms and extreme reflux and was unable to walk, talk, stand or sit without help.

Fionn's parents Brenda and Trevor said they are “absolutely devastated beyond any comprehension” following his tragic death.

In 2018 the family were told that Fionn had a terminal illness and that they should take him home to “make him comfortable."

Both full time carers, they were committed to giving their little boy the best life he could have as local communities rallied together to help him.

Paying tribute to him on the Fight for Fionn Facebook page, his parents said:“In all my wildest dreams we never thought we would be sharing this.

“Fionn was the most courageous, brave, determined and gorgeous little boy.

"To be his parents was the biggest honour of all time and we fought fiercely for our boy from day one. We are absolutely devastated beyond any comprehension and not sure how we will get through these next few days. We are so grateful for the massive support network around us and we are certain they will hold us up in the coming days and months.”

They added: “We want to do one final thing for our little man and that is to give him the send off he truly deserves and I know everyone will help us with this.”

Fionn's death notice reads: “Sadly missed by his parents, Granda Pat, aunts, uncles, cousins, wide circle of friends, extended family and everyone that cared for him so lovingly."

A wake will be held at the family home in Ballyhea, Co Cork, today from 4pm to 6pm.

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Requiem Mass for Fionn will take place on Monday at 12 noon at St Mary's Church, Ballyhea with private cremation after for close family and friends.

Only 50 people are allowed attend, however, the service will be live streamed on http://www.ballyheaparish.com.

A private cremation will be held afterwards for close family and friends. The family home will be strictly private on Monday.

Fionn's family have requested family flowers only, donations, if desired, c/o O'Malley Funeral Directors, Main Street Charleville, (to be distributed to the many charities that helped Fionn on his journey.)

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